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    by Published on 01-06-2012 07:46 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    The long awaited PlayBook OS 2.0 is set to have a guest appearance at this months Consumer Electronics Show (CES) RIM has been sending out invitations to an "intimate event" that will allow attendees to experience the BlackBerry PlayBook's new OS 2.0. This also suggest RIM is not going to have a very strong presence at the years biggest electronic show.

    Back in October we heard that PlayBook's OS 2 would be delayed until February. Does this mean that we could see an early release? Over the past few months we have seen glimpses of OS 2.0 and have been really impressed. I was able to get hands on at the BIF 2011, and I can confirm it is everything that has been missing from OS 1.0 and much more. The release of this OS is a make or break for the PlayBook device so I am looking forward to updating to OS 2.0.
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    by Published on 01-05-2012 03:34 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. Official OS,
    3. BlackBerry News,
    4. BlackBerry Software



    Is it a full moon tonight somewhere? AT&T has released a OS update for a BlackBerry device. If that's not strange enough, it's for the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810. I must say I was overjoyed to see this until I noticed the build. AT&T decided to go with .583 even though a .585 had been leaked online already. Nevertheless, it's always better to have an official build so if you have a Torch 2, download it, install it on your PC, delete the vendor.xml file (if you're not on AT&T), install it on your device, and let us know what you tihnk!
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    by Published on 01-05-2012 02:56 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    The most recent news that the BlackBerry community has gotten wind of was that Research in Motion has plans to show off the new BlackBerry 10 operating system at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 27th through March 1st.

    A spokesperson at RIM has stated:
    "2012 will be the year of BlackBerry 10 so we'll be showcasing the capabilities of our future operating system as well demonstrating the power of BlackBerry 7, with a particular focus on NFC and BBM connected apps. Research in Motion will be there in force."

    While this doesn't necessarily mean that the actual phones will be set up to be played with, having official details on how the new OS will work is a definite plus. That may hold off the riots for a little while longer. On top of the reveal of BB10, BB7 seems to be another popular aspect of RIM's revival plan. I'm curious about the new operating system, sure, but those phones could be a long way out. I'm more excited to see how much more I can get out of my BlackBerry Bold 9900. Research in Motion says this is "The year of BlackBerry 10", but the year is young, and we've got a long way to go. Hopefully their determination stays strong and continues for a long time down the road.
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    by Published on 01-04-2012 05:10 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    Speaking with BlackBerry's PR people at the BBM Ugly Sweaters event in NYC last month, one thing they kept on reiterating is how badly they are trying to connect with the BlackBerry community and each individual user. Today BlackBerry has shown how they are trying to do this as they introduced the BlackBerry Fan of the Month program with their first fan of the month: Brian.

    The BlackBerry Fan of the Month is exactly what you expect it to be, an interview with a hardcore BlackBerry fan. I definitely disagree with this assessment as I felt I was the BlackBerry fan of the Year to be completely honest (I mean I am @AgentBlackBerry), but regardless Brian definitely seems like he's worthy of the honor as well.

    According to the BlackBerry Official Blog:
    Brian is one of our most active #TeamBlackBerry members on Twitter (@BlackBerry, @BlackBerryHelp, @BlackBerry4Biz, @BlackBerryDev, @BlackBerryScene and @BlackBerryBlog) and we can count on him to be a helpful leader in our community. He’s the proud owner of a BlackBerry® Bold™ 9930 smartphone and an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. One of the main reasons Brian is our inaugural Fan of the Month is that he is always willing to lend a hand to other #TeamBlackBerry folks, whether he’s recommending a BlackBerry smartphone or passing along some #BBTips.
    Now all this is great, but RIM needs to take a serious look not only at their loyal fans that have positive things to say about BlackBerry but also at the die-hard BlackBerry users that point out the areas in which they can improve. Only then will they be able to realize that, even though there have been many positives, the way things have been going these last couple of years as a whole are simply not acceptable. If they can couple that negative but constructive feedback with positive PR generating programs like this one, BlackBerry's future can be bright.
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    by Published on 01-04-2012 03:00 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors,
    4. BlackBerry Software



    Could this picture end up being a reality sometime in 2012 or 2013? Could we end up seeing BlackBerry 10 on HTC, Samsung and other hardware manufacturers' devices? According to Jefferies' Peter Misek this is definitely not only a possibility but talks have already started to make it happen.

    "We think some of this has already been started with RIM likely agreeing to license Blackberry 10 to Samsung, HTC, and possibly others.This would help create a critical mass for the ecosystem and maintain RIM’s monthly service revenue; however, it puts more pressure on the hardware business in the short term. Longer term, it possibly gets people hooked on the RIM ecosystem and may in fact allow them to sell more BB 10 handsets (if they are able to create compelling handsets)."
    Why would RIM even think about doing this? Well if you think about it, the costs of manufacturing hardware would be cut down as less phones would need to made and they would instead take a more Google-like approach and rent out their OS per say.

    Both HTC and Samsung run Android and WP7 OSes and have been successful doing so. The chance of them taking on another OS with such an uncertain future as the BlackBerry 10 OS could be unlikely. Also the hardware compatibility issue is big one as well as BlackBerry 10 sounds like it'll be a gesture-dependent OS for which who knows if HTC or Samsung could develop hardware.

    That being said, the perspective of having BlackBerry email and BBM as anchors to this new OS could make it very enticing for some of these companies to adopt BlackBerry 10.

    I love rumors, especially during such a slow time of the year with BlackBerry news. We'll see if anything comes out of this one in the near future.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 11:24 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    One of my personal favorite apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook, Blaq, has been updated this evening to v1.6. This new update brings some new features along with plenty of bug fixes that should make this great app even better for its users. Check out the change log below.

    Application
    • Read saved searches - You asked for it and it’s here!
    Options

    Services
    • Bit.ly support (Pro coming soon)
    • Img.ly support
    • Yfrog support
    • Twitter photo support
    • Klout score on tweet card (configurable)
    Main View
    • View your own profile
    Tweets
    • Maximized WebView notifications – Native notifications prompt even when you’re viewing websites within Blaq.
    Bug Fixes
    • Cannot insert mention between text when composing a tweet
    • Mentions and DMs are not sorted
    • Direct message notifications would not show
    • Trending topics don’t load
    • Some tweet links were untappable or broken
    • More stable real-time streaming
    • Tweet Card some times does not display (potential)
    • Search results scroll performance improved
    • When an image upload fails, tweet is still sent
    • Minor internal issues
    Don't worry if you're not prompted for the update right away as its making its way to everyone's PlayBook in the next 24 hours.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 05:14 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook


    There are reports that the BlackBerry PlayBook has sold out in India. Two retailers in India (Ingram and Redington) said they have sold 12,000 PlayBooks in just four days. RIM’s India Managing Director Sunil Dutt says that “BlackBerry continues to be an inspirational brand and we have seen a huge uptake across the country for the PlayBook during the offer period.”

    Prices were slashed by more that 50% across the globe which spurred the increased sales of the tablet. If you are looking to get your hands on a PlayBook now is the time. Eat your heart out iPad!
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 10:58 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Local Porsche Design stores have begun decorating for the upcoming release of the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981. The intended date isn't 100% set, I think, but the Porsche Design stores have said one day in the last week of February 2012. The price is steep, set at $1,700, but if your wallet is willing and your heart aches enough for one of these beautiful BlackBerrys, find the closest Porsche Design store to run over and pre-order one of your very own! If you're feeling in the generous spirit, it's almost my birthday and I'd be more than willing to accept such a wonderful gift!
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 10:56 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors


    Research In Motion has been under extreme pressure from its shareholders to shake things up from top of the latter on down. While we've seen a couple of different Senior VPs step down in the last few months, the two headed co-CEO tandem of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsielle has up until this point been left untouched.

    Back in July, 2011, RIM said in a statement it would form a committee to investigate how the structure of the company could possibly be changed in order to improve it. Today, the Financial Post is reporting that this shake up will indeed happen and that Barbara Stymiest (pictured above) is the leading candidate to be appointed lead chairman of RIM's board. According to their sources, the investigation is still under review and the company could opt to go a number of different ways but Stymiest is being considered the top choice due to her background work as COO of Royal Bank of Canada and later head of the TSX Group Inc.

    The decision and outcome of the evaluation process will be announced by the company's independent directors recommendation report on January 31st of this year. With news of this possible structural change for RIM, their stocks have risen 8% this morning to $15.67.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 05:46 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    I've looked high & low for a FourSquare app for the BlackBerry PlayBook, but apparently I wasn't looking in the right places. While looking recently in "Recently Updated" apps on App World, I noticed FourPlay.

    FourPlay For PlayBerry PlayBook
    is exactly what you'd expect from a FourSquare app on your tablet. This 3rd party Foursquare app brings all the features you'll find on your official FourSquare app found on your BlackBerry Smartphone. I was amazed at the fact that my location was more accurate within this app than it is when I use my Bold 9900.

    With many tweaks/updates rumored to be coming to a future build planned to be released around the same time as PlayBook OS 2.0, & with no plans official 4Sq app on the horizon, this application is a must have for anyone who checks-in often.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 02:07 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    BlackBerry puts on a shout-out video of appreciation to the ever so growing community of nearly 4 million fans across Asia Pacific. A little New Year's treat from BB to you!


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    by Published on 01-02-2012 02:35 AM
    Categories:
    1. Accessory Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry News

    Another contest has come to an end, & we've chosen our winner! Below is the name of our winner for the SWIPE SideKick Fingerprint Eraser and Cell Klear Lens Cleaner Giveaway.

    And the winner is...
    Congrats to BBOS member kydd54!

    Keep your eyes open for many more upcoming accessories giveaways!
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    by Published on 01-02-2012 12:01 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    The year 2011 was a strange year for the BlackBerry maker RIM. 2011 was a roller coaster ride filled with both excitement, uncertainties and disappointments. The good, the bad, and the just plain ugly can all be used to described RIM's last year review. Whether you're a fan, a partner or BlackBerry user in general it's almost certain that you will have some higher expectations for RIM this year.
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    by Published on 12-30-2011 09:25 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News

    ComScore has published its latest report on the U.S. smartphone market and Apple's iOS and Google's Android continue to gain off of BlackBerry's losses. For the three-month period ending in November, RIM's share of U.S. smartphone subscribers fell to 16.6 percent from 19.7 percent. That's a 3.1 point change from August, and another decline for RIM, which continues to struggle against subscriber losses in the U.S. Let's hope the coming year and the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices will be able to gather the lost sheep of BlackBerry in 2012.
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    by Published on 12-30-2011 03:56 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    Looks like the $2 convenience fee for those who pay online or by telephone has now been scraped. Good to see Verizon listening to customer feedback on this. It really was a bad idea to begin with. Customers were already talking about having a mail-in your bill month to overload Verizon with mail processing. Here is the official statement from Verizon:
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