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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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    by Published on 02-14-2011 03:46 PM
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    A series of what may be leaked slides from RIM may reveal details surrounding various OEM BlackBerry PlayBook accessories. If the slides are indeed authentic, which were obtained by enthusiast blog Fommy, they may give us our first glimpse as a variety of OEM accessories for the BlackBerry PlayBook, and pricing details and some projected availability dates. The snapshots show a variety of cases ranging in price from a $29.99 neoprene sleeve to a $59.99 book-style leather binder. Also seen on the slides is a $49 BlackBerry music gateway, and a $79.99 charging dock. Some the the accessories are showing for shipment dates in July of this year, which would be around 4 months after the 16GB Wifi model of the PlayBook is released this year.


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    by Published on 02-14-2011 03:22 PM
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    An official Press Release from Adobe just announced that the next Adobe Flash release 10.2 will become available for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The new update will support stage video allowing a more efficient use of the processor and memory while viewing higher video quality due to higher frame rates. This is another great staple that the PlayBook will have a lag free OS.


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    by Published on 02-14-2011 03:03 PM
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    [ Mobile users click here for video ]

    With the flurry of new videos that have released today with Mobile World Congress 2011, it just wouldn't be complete without a BB Messenger news update from RIM. As announced recently by RIM, BlackBerry Messenger will have a mobile gifting platform in which users will be able to integrate with BlackBerry App World and carrier billing systems to allow BlackBerry subscribers to instantly gift airtime, apps and other carrier services from one subscriber to another using BBM. Not much of a cosmetic change going on, but some other new features discussed in the video will be:

    • More freedom and ability to send files of larger sizes and video to BBM contacts.
    • BBM chat within 3rd party applications with the ability to interact with other users in games, media, ect.

    Developer Tools are suppose to be released by RIM sometime by March, and BlackBerry users will see the new BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 roll out sometime around May of this year.


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    by Published on 02-14-2011 02:24 PM
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    [ Mobile users click here for video ]

    Mike Kirkup, Director of Developer Relations for RIM, gives us a overview of Mobile World Congress and discusses a few things we should be hearing about tomorrow from RIM at the MWC 2011. He goes on to say that they will be discussing more about Adobe Flash integration, along with more details on the upcoming OS for BlackBerry. I'm also hoping for a official announcement from RIM as to when we will see the release of some of these upcoming BlackBerry devices, and more details on OS 6.1 and QNX.


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    by Published on 02-14-2011 02:10 PM
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    RIM just announced yesterday their new super app, BlackBerry Travel. Today, from MWC 2011, Product Manager Andreas Hoffman, gives us a hands on video demo of the BlackBerry Travel app. This application automatically searches your emails & LinkedIn profile for any upcoming trips that you have. It will help you book (within the app) flights, hotels, etc. A must see video demo!


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    by Published on 02-14-2011 01:16 PM
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    With this move by RIM in acquiring Gist, I can see a huge integration with BlackBerry user info and major social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a statement from Gist:

    Today, we are announcing that Gist has become part of Research In Motion (RIM). We are extremely excited about our future at RIM and how Gist will be used by millions of BlackBerry users around the globe. This is a huge step towards our goal of utilizing the web-based Gist experience to allow users to build stronger professional relationships. Stay tuned for more details and thank you all for the support and encouragement that has gotten us to this next great phase at Gist.
    This announcement has also been confirmed by RIM in the official BlackBerry Blog.


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    by Published on 02-14-2011 04:34 AM
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    From Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. RIM and Telefonica today announced that they are working together to introduce BlackBerry App World with integrated carrier billing on a global basis. Carrier billing will allow Telefonica customers to purchase apps from BlackBerry App World and charge the purchases directly to their monthly bill. Customers will also be offered the flexibility of charging in-app purchases to their carrier bill which allows for the purchase of digital goods to be made without interrupting their application experience. Patrick Spence, Regional Managing Director for RIM, tells us:

    “BlackBerry App World is now available in over 100 countries. Integrated carrier billing will make it easier than ever for Telefonica customers to purchase apps for their BlackBerry smartphones.”
    Joaquín Mata, Global Head of Financial Services for Telefónica, says:
    “Carrier billing is a payment method that brings a unique user experience and will further develop the on-device virtual goods and applications business.”
    This type of integration is great for the user experience. Just one less bill to have to sort out of the stack of many.



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    by Published on 02-14-2011 03:24 AM
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    Inside BlackBerry reports with Mike Kirkup in showing a demo of EA's Need For Speed Underground running on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. I got to say, looks like very smooth controls and no lag whatsoever. You can also play on your big screen TV from porting out the PlayBook's HDMI output. Don't miss the video above... amazing!

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    by Published on 02-14-2011 02:24 AM
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    Just when we thought 4G couldn't come any sooner for the BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM announces today two models for LTE. The plans are to launch two additional BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablets during the second half of 2011, featuring support for LTE and HSPA+ high speed wide area wireless networks. Wifi models will come first at a introductory price of $499 for a 16GB model. Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion, states:

    "The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is already being widely recognized for its superior performance, rich web experience, enterprise readiness and deep support for web standards and open development tools. We are now building on the BlackBerry PlayBook’s many advantages with support for additional 4G networks that will allow enhanced business opportunities for carriers and developers and unparalleled mobile experiences for users."
    RIM has now announced plans to offer four BlackBerry PlayBook tablets:

    1. BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi
    2. BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + WiMax
    3. BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + LTE
    4. BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + HSPA+

    In addition to the Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity referenced above, each tablet can also support:

    1. Bluetooth tethering
    2. Mobile hotspots (ie. a MiFi™, smartphone or other portable device equipped to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot)
    3. BlackBerry Bridge



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    by Published on 02-14-2011 02:16 AM
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    The new mobile gifting platform will integrate with BlackBerry App World and carrier billing systems to allow BlackBerry subscribers to instantly gift airtime, apps and other carrier services from one subscriber to another using BBM. Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at RIM reports:

    “RIM is committed to aligning with carrier business models to deliver innovative and relevant mobile commerce solutions. There will be many usage scenarios and circumstances that can be accommodated through the BBM mobile gifting platform around the world, but the easiest for many people to readily envision and appreciate is the simplified act of a parent approving their child’s request for additional airtime minutes or an app purchase with a single click using BBM.”
    Looks like if you have any kids with a BlackBerry, you may now become their best BBM pal with mobile gifting. Get ready parents!


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    by Published on 02-14-2011 01:51 AM
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    RIM just announced that BlackBerry App World is now available in 27 additional markets worldwide. With today’s announcement, BlackBerry App World is now available in 101 markets. BlackBerry App World allows customers to discover, download and enjoy a wide range of mobile applications for their BlackBerry smartphones. BlackBerry smartphone users are downloading more than 2 million apps per day from BlackBerry App World on average and there are over 20,000 BlackBerry apps available today. RIM continues to support developers in order to provide apps that leverage the many advantages of the BlackBerry platform and deliver best-in-class mobile experiences. Alan Brenner, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Platform, Research In Motion, remarks...

    “There is high demand for BlackBerry apps and we’re delighted to be opening up the BlackBerry App World online store to customers in an additional 27 markets today, it’s never been easier to develop apps for BlackBerry smartphones and we look forward to seeing the rich catalog of personal and business oriented apps continue to grow."


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