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    by Published on 02-17-2011 04:36 PM
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    BlackBerry has something fun going on at Mobile World Congress this year with a event called AppCircus. In a nutshell, AppCircus is put on for local developers to showcase their app to a panel of judges for a chance to win a PlayBook (first prize), with all other contestants getting a free BlackBerry Torch for participating. Each contestant was given 3 minutes to showcase and present their app to the panel of judges. Some very interesting ideas and apps were presented and we don't want to spoil the end result for you, so check out the video above of AppCircus.

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    by Published on 02-17-2011 03:15 AM
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    Although some of you might be slightly disappointed that it's not BBM 6.0, BlackBerry Beta Zone members can now download the newest version of BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.2.11!

    The updates/fixes include:
    • If you are running BlackBerry® 6.0, a cursor might not have appeared when you scrolled through previous messages in a chat.
    • If you turned on content protection, when you received a new message, you might have seen a "Content protection is enabled" message.
    • If a person invites you to become a contact during a multi-person chat with you, and if you accepted the request, the contact might not have appeared on your contact list.
    **Update 02.18.11: It's now been re-added to Beta Zone**

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    by Published on 02-16-2011 10:25 PM
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    MWC 2011 demonstration of the Scrapbook app, built by The Astonishing Tribe for PlayBook. This app really shows off the awesome mulitouch capabilities of the PlayBook. The demo really shows how the user can be very involved with the touchscreen and given the freedom to use multiple fingers to do multiple things at once. Have to say I'm very impressed with how smooth the OS was running with so many motions going on at once.


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    by Published on 02-16-2011 10:13 PM
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    Mobile World Congress 2011 demonstration of the BlackBerry WebWorks app, built by The Astonishing Tribe for the PlayBook. The HTML 5 and CSS integration looks great for web based developing. I love how the app works very smoothly with the accelerometer. Definitely some interesting ideas and apps are heading to the BlackBerry market after the PlayBook is released this quarter.


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    by Published on 02-16-2011 09:54 PM
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    Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it has launched its next-generation 4G LTE network in the Detroit, MI market. Boasting average data rates of between 5 - 12 Mbps download and between 2 -5 Mbps upload.

    “Metro Detroit: Welcome to the future,” said John Granby, Verizon Wireless’ president of the region, in a statement. “Our advanced technology is changing the way we all work and play. Today, it gives us the ability to move large files faster and soon enjoy smooth mobile video conferencing. But, this is only the beginning. It’s not about what 4G can do for you. Rather, it’s about what do you want or need it to do?”

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    by Published on 02-16-2011 05:34 PM
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    Foursquare has released a new Beta build v1.9.62. This version is suppose to take care of the issues that were found in the Alpha release. PocketBerry was able to provide us with a change log:

    • Resolution of no visible response for adding tip/todo
    • Shows venue mayor on venue page
    • Resolves bug where “add photo” option missing if no photos present for that venue
    • Changes in localization welcome message to show blackberry hard key icon
    • Resolution of screen lock up issue after login on some devices
    • Resolution of checkin results lock up issue on some devices
    • Resolution of “send to twitter/facebook” not showing
    • UI fix with viewing photos on a smaller device
    • Landscape/Portrait rotational fix on some touch devices

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    by Published on 02-16-2011 05:05 PM
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    Today, RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie confirmed that upcoming new BlackBerry smartphones will contain Near Field Communication chips this year. During a keynote shared with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and NTT DoCoMo CEO Riuji Yamada at Mobile World Congress, Balsillie said:

    “many, if not most” of his company’s smartphones released this year would include NFC capabilities.
    NFC is being promoted aggressively by cell phone makers, carriers, banks and other companies looking to profit from the new mobile payment systems NFC will provide. The upcoming BlackBerry devices for 2011 should all have NFC capability as well.


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    by Published on 02-16-2011 11:03 AM
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    If you are a BlackBerry Beta Zone member who has been testing BlackBerry News Feeds, you'll be glad to know that an update is available today. Although only available in Canada & USA, Version 1.0.1.2 brings a few key product updates, including:

    • Ability to delete all prior articles when viewing a feed or viewing “All Unread Items”.
    • Ability to mark the list of items as read when viewing a feed or viewing “All Unread Items”.
    • If you swipe left or right in a feed, the screen now moves to the previous or next item in the feed.
    • Ability to zoom in on images and text in feed items.
    • New message, wireless network, and battery (while charging) indicators appear in the app's header.
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    by Published on 02-16-2011 12:39 AM
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    This just in... Twitter has just been updated in BB App World to v1.0.1.12! Hurry up you Tweeps and get to BB App World to see what all the buzz is about with this new update!



    Thanks michaelsoti!
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    by Published on 02-16-2011 12:32 AM
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    RIM is getting a heads start and already preparing for BlackBerry DEVCON 2011 on October 18-20 in San Francisco, USA. One of the biggest drivers for both new and past attendees continues to be the speakers and sessions. RIM plans to open the call for papers earlier than they ever have in the past to ensure that they are providing one of the best programs anywhere in the mobile industry. Inside BlackBerry Blog, writes:

    The Call for Speakers submission is now open for developers to submit their ideas for great sessions at the conference. We are now accepting descriptions for sessions that you would love to deliver at the conference. In a simple twist on last year, we are also accepting submissions for sessions you would love to see at the conference but may not be able to deliver yourself. We are actively recruiting great speakers in the field and would like your ideas on key topics for the conference. The deadline for submissions is April 1st, but we encourage you to submit your BlackBerry DEVCON 2011 session ideas ahead of the deadline. We will be providing feedback on submissions and working with potential speakers through the submission process. I am looking forward to seeing your great ideas and session submissions!

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    by Published on 02-15-2011 11:34 PM
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    According to an unconfirmed report from TechCrunch Europe, Nokia was interested in a possible partnership with RIM before announcing their decision to partner Windows Phone 7. Tech site BGR reports:

    It had been widely reported that Nokia was deciding between Google’s Android platform and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS when considering its future, but RIM’s BlackBerry platform was apparently also in the running to become Nokia’s potential savior. Citing “well-placed sources,” the blog claims that RIM wasn’t interested in a partnership and so the decision came down to two options.



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    by Published on 02-15-2011 11:23 PM
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    In what is certainly a strong push towards their new social platform that includes Blackberry Messenger 6.0, Research In Motion has released a new commercial called BBM Flirt. This certainly ties in really well with their new Blackberry website.

    I'll be honest, I've never thought of Blackberry Messenger as a dating/flirting tool, but maybe it's easier for some individuals to flirt through messaging rather that face to face interaction?!?


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    by Published on 02-15-2011 04:24 PM
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    The Mobile World Congress 2011 *Best Application Award* goes to RIM for BlackBerry Messenger under category, BlackBerry OS apps. Others that were nominated were: BeBuzz, Pandora, Poynt, and S4BB Memory Booster.

    Congrats to BBM for getting the award! BlackBerry wouldn't be a BlackBerry without BBM.

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    by Published on 02-15-2011 02:51 PM
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    The battle between the Government of India and RIM continues on as India calls on once again for encrypted data that would give them access to BlackBerry emails on the BlackBerry network. The Hindu Business Line reports that the Government of India will shut down telecom operators that cannot be monitored as per the satisfaction of law enforcement agencies. Eight operators including Bharti, Vodafone, Idea, RCom, Tatas and also two state owned firms -- BSNL and MTNL -- are offering BlackBerry services across the country and it has emerged a popular service among corporates for its enterprise mail service.

    In past events, RIM has decided to budge a bit on India's demands when they gave India access to consumer messaging in allowing providers to access messages sent via BBM. India then turned up the heat soon after with the request for encrypted data for email access, and RIM responded quickly stating that the BlackBerry network has limitations set in place which would make it impossible to give India access to encrypted data in fulfilling their demands...

    “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 it seems that RIM and India have almost reached the end of compromise. If what RIM says is true about the non-ability to give India access to BlackBerry data, and this is what India needs to satisfy - then it may result in many disappointing BlackBerry users in India, and deal a huge blow to RIM and their success in the region. Of course, the demands of India could be nothing more than a bluff to try and see how far they can push RIM.


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    by Published on 02-14-2011 04:04 PM
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    As reported from BGR today at Mobile World Congress, the mobile processor company, Texas Instrument, held a press event to offer some additional details about its OMAP 4 and 5 processor lines. Greg Delagi, the company’s senior vice president and general manager, gave the keynote which took place right on the showroom floor. He emphatically talked about the need to push the capabilities of “smart devices” forward while being mindful of the constraints battery technology puts on the industry. RIM was then brought up on stage, as the PlayBook will be using the OMAP 4 platform, and praised the progress that TI is making with its system on a chip (SoC) OMAP processors.

    See the video demo recorded by BGR of the motion-based gesture recognition in action running on prototype hardware. Also, some of Mr. Delagi’s thoughts on why OMAP is such an effective mobile processor.


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