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    by Published on 01-13-2012 02:59 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps

    See what's happening with BlackBerry at CES 2012. Check out some new features coming to your BlackBerry PlayBook with OS 2.0, and catch a glimpse of some of the great new apps for your BlackBerry smartphone or tablet. Be sure to watch for the upcoming release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 as we'll keep you posted the second it becomes available.
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 08:56 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Security researchers at this years Infiltrate security conference have discovered a new vulnerability that has potential to allow malicious applications to access personal information. Zach Lanier & Ben Nell both of the Intrepidous Group are responsible for finding the vulnerability.

    This particular vulnerability relates to the PlayBooks native applications. When a native application for the PlayBook is created the developer has access to a unique file called the .ALL file. This file on the QNK based system allows them access to shared data or files. In short, there is a flaw which allows native developers access to files they should not have access to.

    The .ALL file when used security researchers allowed them to access a PlayBook owners bookmarks, Wi-Fi access points, BBM username and info, desktop manager token, and the BlackBerry Bridge token. This token is pretty much the key that connects the BlackBerry device to the PlayBook. The Bluetooth connection between the PlayBook and phone is secure, but the problem is that this token can be used by a native developer to query the bridge for data they should not have access to.

    RIM has spoken out about this vulnerability in the following official statement:

    Media Statement: Infiltrate conference
    “The BlackBerry PlayBook issue described at the Infiltrate security conference has been resolved with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, which is scheduled to be available as a free download to customers in February 2012. There are no known exploits and risk is mitigated by the fact that a user would need to install and run a malicious application after initiating a BlackBerry Bridge connection with their BlackBerry smartphone.”
    So there you have it. It looks as though RIM will not be fixing this, as they state that OS 2.0 has resolved the issue. It seems as though the PlayBook and its QNX based OS is getting its fair share of security testing.
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 08:07 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News



    A new year means new things, and many of those new things will be electronics. The Consumer Electronics Show or CES, starts off the new year with a display of the years hottest gadgets it is also a place were tech giants can show off their latest projects. Like the other tech giants, the BlackBerry maker RIM is also there to make Bold statement.

    This year it seems as though RIM has taken their marketing to the next level. Attendees reported that they were promptly greeted by a team of Blackberry ambassadors eagerly awaiting to connect with BlackBerry owners. RIM even took it a step further and offered limo rides and fresh batteries to those that requested it via BBM. All this to really say thanks for sticking with BlackBerry.

    This week RIM has been showing off the much anticipated PlayBook OS 2.0. Its not all about glitz and glam here, it's about much needed functionality and productivity that was missing in the PlayBooks initial release. RIM also released a video walk-through of PlayBook OS 2.0 and another video showing off some nice remote features. It may be the right move at the right time as many say that OS 2.0 will make or break the longevity of the PlayBook. In addition, RIM formally announced OS 7.1 and many have found it to be a breath of fresh air on their new OS 7 devices. Mobile Hotspot and WiFi calling are just two of the new features of OS 7.1.

    Last year at CES we saw that RIM's only focus was on the BlackBerry PlayBook. This year its full speed ahead for the company. The PlayBook's OS 2.0 will be the start of something fresh this year followed by the release of BlackBerry 10 devices later in the year. RIM is off to a good start this year.
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 04:37 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors


    We are certainly taking this with a grain of salt, but it seems that T-Mobile may have given the BlackBerry Torch 9810 a shorter lifespan than what we expected.

    According to a T-Mobile Customer Care chat transcript found on TMoNews, it would seem that the device had been added to End Of Life as of January 3rd, 2012. That would put the device as being available for merely 8 weeks.

    Now, I know many of you may think this is ridiculous, but please keep this in mind: The BlackBerry Torch 9800/9810 really didn't have much to be able to differentiate between both, & it's quite likely that the lack of Marketing of this updated model didn't provide the sales figures that T-Mobile was expecting.

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    by Published on 01-12-2012 02:35 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    BeBuzz is certainly a must-have app for our BlackBerryOS readers. The ability to control the color of the LED on our BlackBerrys should be a native function but since it isn't, BeBuzz helps customize it in a seamless way. BeBuzz is one of the most successful BlackBerry apps, and with their latest update it's pretty evident why.

    Today's updated version of v5.0.24 does bring a few bug fixes from last week's v5.0.22, but real hidden gem of news in all of this is that BellShare apps are now available once again on Mobihand!
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 01:50 AM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News


    Official OS 7.0.0.585 from Telus Mobility has reached the BlackBerry Bold 9900 today. If you have a Bold 9900, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh OS. Be sure to let us know how it works 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 01-11-2012 02:30 AM
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    Sunday At Twelve talks about their music and how BBM has helped them to connect with their fans and organize with the band efficiently! Get to know more about Sunday At Twelve in:
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 05:50 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News

    We reported that Verizon would soon be releasing OS 7.1.0.163 to subscribers. Today that day has come, as many Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 users, including myself, have already gotten our notifications to update our devices via OTA. Remember, if you don't want to wait for the release, you can always download the Sprint version of 7.1 in our site Downloads Center. It's the same version 7.1.0.163 Verizon is releasing today. Just don't forget to delete the vendor xml file before installing on your Verizon smartphone. Also, a note to Verizon subscribers: you will have to pay a $20/month fee if you want to use the mobile hotspot feature, and NFC capability has not yet been enabled either by Verizon. I would highly recommend you call your local Verizon support and make a complaint about the $20/month mobile hotspot surcharge.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 05:32 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    It feels like I've had to a million battery pulls these past couple of days due to the amount of apps that are getting updated. I mean I'm not complaining, but I just can't wait till BlackBerry 10 devices (hopefully!) don't require battery pulls after the upgrade. Regardless, we now have another update to our BlackBerry app eco-system. The ever popular Foursquare app has a few bug fixes and enhancements in this new version so be sure to get it while it's hot.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 02:34 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    And the cool features just keep on rolling in at CES 2012. The above video posted by Inside BlackBerry's official blog shows off how the new Bridge app that's coming in February will allow us to do a few awesome things on our PlayBooks. February is going to be an awesome month for BlackBerry users everywhere. If you haven't gotten a PlayBook yet, maybe this will convince you to do so.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 01:46 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors,
    4. BlackBerry PlayBook



    CES 2012 is in full effect in Las Vegas and BlackBerry is making their presence felt. With the big announcements yesterday of BlackBerry 7.1, and BBM 6.1; the preview of the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS 2.0 was the next thing on the agenda for BlackBerry. Today Inside BlackBerry has posted a new video highlighting these great features.

    The messages app has a great look and seems pretty easy to use. It brings something new and fresh while at the same time having the BlackBerry email reliability that we're all use to. The fact that it's integrated with social media just makes it that much cooler. Same can be said for the calendar and contacts apps as well. The tight integration between apps is something we've seen more and more in our BlackBerry smartphones but that has been missing from our PlayBooks. This is apparently being addressed in 2.0.

    I've been called a BlackBerry fanboy because I get excited about the smallest little new features that others may not think are so great, but honestly this is pretty awesome. Yes, these are features that should've been implemented on the PlayBook since the beginning but can we please let that go and focus on what is here now?

    Now it's RIM's time to make sure this OS gets polished and shipped out in time to inject a little credibility in the time frame they've put out for their future devices and products. Keep the momentum going RIM.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 12:09 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    Earlier today news surfaced after Research in Motion's senior director of business development, Marty Mallick, was quoted saying “...there will be touch BB10 devices as well as QWERTY BB10 devices. Both of those will exist.”

    While this still leaves much to the imagination in regards to which smartphones will be included, it's a relief to know that I will continue to have access to a full QWERTY keyboarded phone after the release of BlackBerry 10. He also stated that the devices could possibly have the screen resolution enjoyed by PlayBook owners, but they will for sure share the same aspect ratio.
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    by Published on 01-09-2012 03:56 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    A new version of BlackBerry Travel, v2.0.16.99, dropped in BlackBerry App World this morning. From what I've gathered, it's been quite a while since there has been an update, and this one is extra special for European BlackBerry users!

    The update includes:
    • Exclusive BlackBerry Travel discounted rates available for major cities in Europe
    • Make limousine reservations easily upon arrival to destination
    BlackBerry Travel allows the user to plan, book, manage or share travel activities. Find hotel deals and rental car locations, or schedule a ride to and from the airport. You will receive notifications of airport delays and cancellations, and can even search for a new flight. Finally, travelling made easy and all the information that could be needed is in one place.
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    by Published on 01-09-2012 09:04 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    Monday mornings tend to be lazy for most of us, but RIM decided to change that today!

    After surprising us this morning with the official release of BlackBerry OS 7.1 (including BBM 6.1 coming out of beta), we've received confirmation that CES 2012 attendees who visit the BlackBerry booth (South Hall 3 Booth # 30326) will get the opportunity to preview the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 functionality, including:

    • New unified inbox - a powerful unified inbox within the built-in messaging app allows users to quickly manage their personal email and work email accounts as well as the messaging capabilities of popular social networking sites like Twitter®, LinkedIn® and others - all in one place.
    • Inbox management tools - allows for powerful inbox search across multiple email accounts, as well as the ability to set out-of-office messages and email signatures directly from their tablet.
    • Relationship-centric contacts app - more than just an address book, the new built-in Contacts app serves as a social hub - merging and consolidating information from multiple sources (including email and social channels) into one contact file for each person in their address book. Each contact file includes information such as recent status updates, conversations, related news articles and mutual contacts that are kept up-to-date automatically.
    • Remote control for the BlackBerry PlayBook - new BlackBerry® Bridge™ features allow a user's BlackBerry® smartphone to act as a keyboard and mouse for their BlackBerry PlayBook - effectively providing a wireless remote control for their tablet. Perfect for pausing a movie when a BlackBerry PlayBook is plugged in to a TV with an HDMI connection, or for using the tactile QWERTY keyboard on a BlackBerry smartphone to compose a message or document on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
    • Print To Go application - this app allows users to wirelessly "print" from their laptop or PC directly to their BlackBerry PlayBook over Wi-Fi®. A digital printout is created on the BlackBerry PlayBook so that users can view, sort and manage their digital printouts as though they were physical sheets of paper. The Print To Go app is the perfect way to consolidate info from various related sources like a hotel web confirmation, an airline boarding pass email, the show event schedule or even a map of the destination city and make them available for quick access on the go.
    • Video store (available in the United States @ launch) - a catalog of thousands of movies and TV shows will be available through the integrated BlackBerry Video Storefront* with new releases to be made available for purchase or rent the same day they come out on DVD. Users will be able to begin watching media as soon as they start to download the file, so users won't have to wait for the entire file to transfer before they can enjoy great entertainment on the tablet's high resolution display, or on an HDTV via the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's HDMI output.
    • Enhanced web browsing - the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 browser also includes a new reading view, which is designed to make web sites even easier to enjoy by eliminating page clutter at the touch of a button. What's left is a cleaner format that is great for reading online news articles, blog posts, or websites that contain heavy amounts of text.
    Tons of awesome features, right? We've only highlighted a few of the features above, but you can see the extensive full list in our forums.

    They've also confirmed that PlayBook OS 2.0 software update will be available for all BlackBerry PlayBook users in February 2012.

    If you didn't feel excited about OS 2.0 for PlayBook before, I don't see any reason now that you won't be jumping on the opportunity to purchase one of these tablets prior to the new OS launching.


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    by Published on 01-09-2012 01:48 AM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News

    Looks like on Jan 10th Big Red is set to start releasing OS 7.1 updates for the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 BlackBerry devices. If you don't want to wait for the release, you can download the Sprint version of 7.1 in our site Downloads Center. Nice to see Verizon making an effort to update, but somehow I'm left wondering if it's just to milk $20/month off subscribers for the new mobile hotspot feature.
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