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    by Published on 12-04-2011 07:18 PM
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    With BlackBerry DevCon Asia coming up soon, the DevCon Asia Mobile Conference Guide is an easy way to look up the full breakout session catalog, read up on speakers and conference sponsors or create your schedule before getting to the event. You won’t miss a beat with the apps Event Messages and social channels - all this right from your BlackBerry smartphone or tablet. This will be your onsite tool to fill out surveys, review conference maps, and even connect with other people attending the conference. This conference app will automatically update when there are schedule changes, and synchronize with your conference calendar in the My Scheduler tool on your desktop.

    Note: Access to some features are restricted to registered attendees of the BlackBerry DevCon Asia 2011 conference. The app is available free for both smartphone and tablet.

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    by Published on 12-03-2011 09:03 AM
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    Apparently the folks over at crackberry have been given a sneak peek of RIM's 2012 roadmap, either that or its a nicely made up story. Either way the alleged roadmap hints towards some code names for RIM's upcoming BBX "superphones" The internet has been bubbling with guesses and statements regarding RIM's new QNX based devices. Names like London and Surfboard have already been said to be associated with the first BBX device set to drop in early 2012. As always rumors and speculation rule the internet when it comes things like this.

    According to the roadmap preview we will see about five new BBX devices next year. That sounds about right based off of RIM's previous release history. In addition to the BlackBerry London codenamed "Lisbon," "Milan," "Nevada," and "Black Forest" will also be launched next year.

    According to the report the BlackBerry Milan is slated for March, and may be similar to the BlackBerry London. Perhaps different versions for carriers. Other than the codename there isn't much yet out on the BlackBerry Lisbon. As for the BlackBerry Nevada it is said to be similar to the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and may be slated for late November. Last but not least, is the BlackBerry Black Forest which may actually be a 10" PlayBook. Out of all of these the 10" PlayBook may be the most believable as RIM did tell us that they are working on a 10" PlayBook back in november at the BlackBerry Innovation Forums.

    As always whenever someone tries to map out the future of a major company like RIM they are usually either partially right or completely off. So we will see about this one. Either way it seems as though we are slowly putting together the pieces of this BBX puzzle one rumor at a time.
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    by Published on 12-02-2011 06:36 AM
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    About a month ago RIM formally announced the BBX brand name at DevCon Americas in San Francisco. It was not long before the company was hit with their first legal battle regarding the name "BBX". The software company BASIS International Ltd filed a lawsuit stating that the name is causing great confusion with in its world wide customer base.

    In an update to the lawsuit BASIS has filed for a temporary retraining order against RIM's use of the term BBX. This retraining order would prevent RIM from utilizing the word in their upcoming Asian DevCon in Singapore on December 7 and 8. A statement in support of the retraining order BASIS Chairman and CEO Nico Spence had this to say:

    "Because of the ubiquity of the Internet, as well as the intentional use of this and other technologies to reach the entire world, the geographic reach of the conference is greatly amplified. As a result, BASIS customers and potential customers from the United States, Asia, and other locations throughout the world will be exposed to RIM's use of the BBX mark at the conference."
    He went on to say: "BBX's reputation of platform independence that BASIS has carefully nurtured and promoted for over a quarter of a century is being systematically wiped out by RIM. The extent of the realignment of the world's media to immediately associate BBX with BlackBerry, and therefore a single platform, is perfectly illustrated by blog entries such as this one from earlier today. Software developers interested in selecting a platform-independent development tool won't take the time to discover that BASIS' BBX is not the same as BlackBerry BBX."

    It seems pretty clear that BASIS isn't giving up easy on this fight. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office there are over 15 other companies or organizations that are utilizing the name BBX. Maybe these companies will follow suite to reclaim their name.

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    by Published on 12-01-2011 10:05 PM
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    While I'm a full supporter of throwing a few back pre-flight, a few RIM employees seemed to take this a little too much to heart. George Campbell and Paul Alexander Wilson were forcefully removed from a (what was supposed to be) thirteen hour Air Canada flight to Beijing this past week. Naturally the two drunken men refused to listen to any of the flight staff, resulting in the pilots actually turning the Boeing 777 aircraft around to land in Vancouver...
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    by Published on 12-01-2011 04:37 PM
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    Well this is pretty cool news for app lovers out there. The official BlackBerry Avatar Builder has been updated to include BlackBerry 7 smartphone (finally) and a new holiday Expansion Pack has been released via App World for download. The "Ugly Sweater" Expansion Pack, as it's been referred to, "allows you to celebrate the holidays in decidedly unstylish sweaters available in a wide variety of colors and looks."

    Now let's see those avatars!
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    by Published on 12-01-2011 04:21 PM
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    The Carrier IQ debate has taken over the internet in the last 24 hours. For those of you that might not know what Carrier IQ is, the definition is pretty basic. In short, Carrier IQ is a third-party software that's installed a device to monitor and keep track of everything a user does on said device. Both manufacturers and carriers love to know what you, as the user, use your device for to more accurately target advertising, promotions; etc. The legality issue comes into question though when something is planted in our devices without our knowledge and/or consent. Since the Carrier IQ software is not integrated to the native OS of any major phone manufacturer, it's up to each individual carrier or manufacturer to install it independently.
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    by Published on 12-01-2011 01:50 AM
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    RIM is bringing a new feature to the App World storefront that is designed to make publishing and discovering apps much safer for everyone involved. On Wednesday November 30th, 2011 RIM will be performing a server upgrade that will bring content rating to the storefront. The content rating system has been planned out based on input from our carrier, consumer, and developer partners to make sure they've implemented a content rating system that helps parents control what types of content their children have access to. After the upgrade is complete, all applications and themes in the BlackBerry App World storefront will receive a default rating. The majority of apps will be rated G (General). If your app or theme is in one of the categories listed below, it’ll receive a rating of T (Teen). When users upgrade to BlackBerry App World 3.1, they’ll be able to change their rating filter.

    As for developers, starting on November 30th, 2011 you will have 15 days to log into the Vendor Portal and update your Content Rating questions if you believe your app or theme should have a different rating. All new apps being submitted that day will require that the Content Rating questions be answered.

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    by Published on 11-30-2011 07:04 PM
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    It’s that time of year again. Get your BlackBerry smartphone dressed up and decked out for the holiday season with free wallpapers from BlackBerry. Can’t pick a favorite? Set one as your wallpaper and use another for your BBM profile pic.

    To get your hands on these great looking wallpapers follow the steps below:

    • Go to www.mobile.blackberry.com from your BlackBerry smartphone browser
    • Download the image you like
    • Open the BlackBerry Menu
    • Select Save image
    • Go to the Pictures Folder and select the image
    • Set it as your wallpaper or BBM profile picture


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    by Published on 11-30-2011 06:50 PM
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    AT&T wants to know if the last text message you received is worth the chance of possibly getting into a vehicle collision and harming yourself or someone else. More likely than not, the answer would be "no". AT&T is striving to change the views of people about texting and driving. The risk factors of taking your eyes off the road for even just a few seconds to respond are not comparable to doing your best to ensure the safety of all the drivers on the road by not using your phone while driving. Now there's an app that can help take away the temptation to check your phone: AT&T's DriveMode App for BlackBerry.
    • You have a customizable "Allow List" of up to five contacts of your choosing to keep the ability to make and receive calls while DriveMode is enabled.
    • The app allows you to have one (1) music app and one (1) navigation app open when DriveMode is enabled.
    • By downloading DriveMode, participants are automatically signing AT&T's It Can Wait pledge to not text and drive.
    • Once DriveMode is disabled, you will be able to text, call, tweet, email, and play with your apps as usual.
    So join the fight to stop texting and driving by downloading this app today. Use it, love it, pass it on and save a life. Help AT&T and all those who have signed the pledge by downloading the app to make the roads a safer place for everyone.
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    by Published on 11-30-2011 11:53 AM
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    A few days ago reports came out that the PlayBook was rooted. Code named "dingleberry", the jailbreak allows the user full access to the PlayBooks QNX based operating system. We knew it would only be a matter of time before we heard a response from RIM regarding the issue. The following is an email response we got from RIM regarding the jailbreak:


    “Research In Motion (RIM) is aware of a claim made on Twitter by security researchers working together that suggests the ability to “jailbreak” a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The term “jailbreaking” is commonly used to describe altering the software on a smartphone or tablet in order to obtain access to systems or applications not officially authorized or distributed by the manufacturer. BlackBerry smartphone users are not affected.RIM is currently investigating this claim and has been in contact with one of the security researchers to discuss it.

    RIM is currently not aware of a jailbreak being leveraged by anyone other than the researchers, who claim to have performed a jailbreak on their own BlackBerry PlayBook tablets only. If it is determined that the claim is accurate, RIM will follow its standard response process to develop and release a software update that is designed to minimize adverse impact to our customers or carrier partners. RIM is aware that the security researchers have stated they intend to release a tool to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. If such a tool is released, RIM will investigate it.

    The security of mobile devices and major networked systems is tested by third-party security researchers every day. RIM also continually tests the security of its own products, and volunteers its products to recognized industry experts for security testing and certification to help identify possible issues. RIM is committed to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and to working with researchers to continue to protect our customers.
    Now its just a matter of time before the cat and mouse games that Apple plays with it's jaibreaker's make their way to the world of BlackBerry.
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    by Published on 11-30-2011 05:48 AM
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    It turns out all that extra bezel space we saw on the leaked BlackBerry "London" pic serves an alternative purpose, and as you can see from the pic above it was only natural that RIM rename this device as the BlackBerry "Surfboard." And as always, it's good to see Mike Lazaridis get his "feet wet" and go hands-on again in the testing of new BB devices. Rumor also has it that RIM already acquired sponsors such as BodyGlove and BillaBong to showcase the device in the next Surf-fest USA competition! Surf's up, dudes and dudettes!

    Update: TechCrunch verifies that RIM filed for the BlackBerry Surfboard trademark in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in July 2010, and has been sitting on it ever since.
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    by Published on 11-30-2011 02:32 AM
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    Tuesday morning, Veteran investor Laszlo Birinyi went CNBC to present his stocks picks for 2012 and Research In Motion Ltd (RIMM) made his short list of 5 stocks to rise in 2012. After being met with intrigue as to why he chose RIMM, Birinyi explains that the "brand" and "the fans," along with a potential for innovation point RIM's stock to go up. He goes on to explain how back in 1997, his first stock pick for 1998 was a $7 stock called Apple.

    After his picks were made public, Research In Motion's stock went up as much as 8.4% during the day and closed out 5.4% up.
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    by Published on 11-30-2011 12:41 AM
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    They say that people will flock to you if you give them free candy. Boost Mobile seems to think highly of that idea, as they've started handing out BBM Music branded packs of gums to promote their $60 per month BlackBerry plans.

    If you add BBM Music, at $65 ($60 plan + $5 for BBM music) they are still much cheaper than most other carriers around in the USA.

    Would RIM sell more devices if they all came with a pack of BlackBerry-branded gum?
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    by Published on 11-30-2011 12:14 AM
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    When I'm out for my late night walks, sometimes a flashlight will help me see where I'm going. I find it a pain to go to the camera app on my phone, switch it to "video" & press my Space bar to get the flash on my BlackBerry to work as a flashlight.

    S4BB has heard my cry (& the cries of many others) by releasing an update to their Flashlight Pro app. The all new Flashlight Pro 3 version comes with the brightest flashlight ever! This updated version now supports OS 6 & 7 devices.

    Flashlight Pro V3.0.2 brings many new features, including:

    • Uses both the camera light and screen light as a flashlight.
    • Camera light will never turn off! No time limit!
    • Sets the brightness of the screenlight to full bright for extra lighting.
    • Useful help screen for quick reference.
    • Morses a SOS-Message in an endless loop by turning the camera light and screen light on and off according to the international morse code.
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    by Published on 11-29-2011 11:36 PM
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    It's always a great sign that a carrier prepping to release a device when images of the device arriving at one of their retail locations appears online.

    If Virgin Mobile Canada is planning to follow big brother Bell Canada in launching this device, we will see it available as soon as December 2nd. Pricing is unknown at this time, but it's safe to say we will see similar prices as Bell in the $450 to $480 range without a contract.
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