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    by Published on 06-28-2012 02:22 PM
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    With the 4th of July coming up in less than a week, a lot of you may be wondering what to do this year to celebrate Independence Day? In a day and age of smartphones being involved in everything we do, they can play a key part in ensuring that you have a great 4th of July this year! Whether hosting or attending a backyard barbecue bash, having a relaxing picnic at the park, or hitting the road on one of the busiest travel days of the year, here are some ways your BlackBerry can keep you organized, entertained and in control.

    Planning your Getaway -

    The Fourth of July is one of the busiest travel times of the year. It’s important to plan ahead, but it’s equally important to be ready to adjust on the fly so you can avoid the unexpected, sometimes nightmarish travel.

    • BlackBerry Travel lets you plan and manage your trips. This app puts all travel updates in one place. If there are any changes to train/plane/bus reservations, you’ll receive an immediate notification!
    • Want to avoid traffic as best as you can? BlackBerry Traffic, with hands-free turn-by-turn directions, gives you an ETA, as well as the most efficient travel routes based on current traffic conditions.


    Barbecue/Picnic Extravaganza -

    Utilizing your smartphone can help you throw that unforgettable Fourth of July barbecue or picnic.

    • Instant messaging apps help you stay connected in real-time. With the new BBM, you can share calendar entries and invite your BBM contacts to your bash. Form a group chat to keep everyone in the loop on possible last minute changes.
    • What’s a backyard bash without music? Create a stellar playlist with input from the group using BBM Music, a social music sharing and discovery app. Smartphone accessories can also come in to play. The BlackBerry Music Gateway lets you wirelessly stream music to your stereo from any Bluetooth enabled smartphone or device. The BlackBerry Music Gateway turns your smartphone into a remote control. When paired, change tracks and adjust volume from your smartphone from up to 30 feet away. The BlackBerry Music Gateway also works with any Bluetooth enabled phone so everyone at the party or picnic can get involved
    • Of course, it’s not all about food! Get some drink ideas from Mobile Bartender, which includes hundreds of recipes to take advantage of, or DrinkMaster, which has a database of over 6,000 drinks.


    Take Your 4th of July Viral -

    Use your smartphone to capture and share thoughts, images and experiences real time.

    • Leave the bulky digital camera at home and capture all your fun moments using your smartphone camera. Snap pictures and take videos and share them instantly through Facebook, Twitter and more!


    Finally, show off your national pride by outfitting your BlackBerry with a fun American flag skin! Let us know what you have planned to celebrate this year's Independence Day!
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    by Published on 06-28-2012 05:46 AM
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    Looks like the Torch 9810 has been formally retired from service at TELUS Canada. Although this may be bitter to some, cleaning out old inventory to make room for newer devices is a common practice among mobile device carriers. We are getting closer to the release of BlackBerry
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    by Published on 06-27-2012 02:21 PM
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    The BlackBerry Bridge app has received an update this afternoon. Going to v2.0.0.35 from v2.0.0.31 brings with it a bug fix for users seeing the error message of the Bridge Browser not being supported by their wireless carrier. The update is making its way to everyone so it may not show right away.

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    by Published on 06-27-2012 08:23 AM
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    Today, Boost Mobile has announced they will be adding the BlackBerry Curve 9310 to their lineup of smartphones on July 10th. They will be introducing the new Unlimited BBM, Talk & Text No Contract Plan for around $30/month as well, which you can bet will be bringing a lot of new users on-board.

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    by Published on 06-27-2012 06:17 AM
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    A recent study conducted by the IDC among Mexico's largest companies (over 250 employees), shows how absolute BlackBerry's dominance in the enterprise arena in Latin America really is. The study concludes that over 79.4% of these companies run BlackBerry devices throughout their corporate channels.

    Moreover, after interviewing companies with 1,000+ employees in seven different South American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, México, Perú and Venezuela), IDC's study showed over 65% of them use BlackBerry smartphones.

    The percentages break down as follows:

    • Venezuela 84,6%
    • México 79.4%
    • Chile 75.1%
    • Colombia 74.4%
    • Argentina 67.9%
    • Perú 67.4%
    • Brasil 47%

    According to Celia Sarauza, analyst at IDC, RIM's leadership is due to the fact that "security is a very important factor for companies" and as we all know, that's something that BlackBerry not only leads in, but continues to excel at.
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    by Published on 06-26-2012 07:02 PM
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    A new download has been made available for the Beta Zone faithful who are members of the App World beta program. The new version, 3.1.4.20, brings a couple of new features, like the "Upgrade All" button, to App World.

    Full change log:


    • Download all app updates with the new "Upgrade All" button
    • Share your list of installed apps using NFC technology
    • View lists of installed apps from multiple friends using NFC technology
    • Connect BlackBerry App World to BBM to display a variety of new BlackBerry App World actions in your BBM personal message
    • Finnish language support
    • Various bug fixes

    Let us know what you think about this new App World beta in the forums!
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    by Published on 06-26-2012 06:44 PM
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    Ever since the BlackBerry Jam Road Tour was announced, many locations have been sold out quicker than expected as developers continue to pour in with enthusiasm in developing for the latest BlackBerry 10 OS expected to launch fall of this year. Due to the strong demand for spots at the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour, RIM has announced it will be offering more spots available for the Bangalore, Delhi and Jakarta locations. If you are interested in developing for BlackBerry 10 and want a preview of some of its capabilities, hurry up and head over to BlackBerry Dev Blog and sign up for a seat, spaces are limited and expected to sell quickly!

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    by Published on 06-26-2012 05:36 PM
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    Research In Motion is doing the best it can to help out developers on the way to BlackBerry 10. We've seen this in the BB10 Jam Tour and in the tools they are putting out. Today, the BlackBerry Developers Blog featured a post by Tim Neil, in which he gave everyone a little insight as to what is on its way for developers.

    He starts off by explaining how RIM will be providing developers with various beta BlackBerry 10 SDKs, which will ultimately lead up to the "Gold" BlackBerry 10 SDK sometime down the line. You can tell RIM is trying to get it about as perfect as possible before releasing it to the developers, so as to leave no excuse for someone to not develop for BlackBerry 10.

    He was kind enough to share some of the APIs that will be made available to developers in the coming betas:
    I won’t list all of the APIs that are coming, but I’ll list the hot topics where I usually get inquiries:

    • BBM™
    • PIM (Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes)
    • Messages/Email
    • NFC
    • Share/Invoke Framework
      • Adding your menu item to an existing app
      • Invoking and being invoked by another app

    • String pattern registry
    • Geocoding & reverse geocoding
    • Bluetooth®
    I personally cannot wait till these APIs are out there. The deep integration that will come from this will be outstanding and will ultimately benefit us, the end users, the most.
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    by Published on 06-26-2012 04:34 PM
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    Foursquare for BlackBerry has now been updated to v5.0. The Foursquare app lets you record and share places you've been with your friends and explore places and tips around your location based on your GPS signal. This new update has a revamped UI and noticeable speed improvements from the previous version of the app. Get updated and let us know of any additional findings/fixes that you may notice!



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    by Published on 06-26-2012 06:15 AM
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    Washington, DC - Earlier in the month the U.S Department of Defense (DoD) released their mobile device strategy. The seven page document identifies the DoD goals for capitalizing on the use of mobile devices and applications, within the DoD IT infrastructure.

    The unclassified documents try to address the growing need to a centralized mobile device and application management. "Although mobile devices are the new and popular item in today's commercial market, this strategy is not simply about embracing the newest technology; it is about keeping the DoD workforce relevant in an era when information and cyberspace play a critical role in mission success," writes DoD Chief Information Officer Teresa Takai in the forward. The DoD's mobile device strategy can be reduced to three main goals:

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    by Published on 06-25-2012 11:33 AM
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    Looks like the first BB 10 device series are beginning to see the early stages of the release procedures at RIM. A leaked internal document from RIM claims to have some information regarding two new BlackBerry 10 devices. What is being deemed the L-series and N-series may reference the previously internal code names BlackBerry London and the BlackBerry Nevada.

    Similar to the BlackBerry 10 Alpha device the BlackBerry 10 L-series is said to have an impressive 365 PPI, 768×1280 screen resolution. That offers quite a refreshing display compared to previous BlackBerry smartphones. Here are some of the leaked screen specifications of the BlackBerry 10 L-series:

    • 768×1280 screen resolution
    • 55mm wide
    • 356 PPI

    In addition to the BlackBerry 10 L-series, some information regarding the N-series has also leaked. The N-series is said to be RIM's first BlackBerry 10 device with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Its shape is eerily similar to some current BlackBerry models that we already know. Although looks may be secondary to some when comparing it to device functionality. The leaked specifications regarding the BlackBerry N-series are as follows:

    • 720×720 screen resolution
    • 52 – 53mm wide
    • 330 PPI

    You can see the obvious difference in the screen size, but still very nice quality. This is exciting news as we eagerly await the launch of BB 10. Although this information is leaked it still sounds very promising.



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    by Published on 06-24-2012 07:59 AM
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    The 3rd annual Tour de Waterloo is underway this morning. The Tour "is a mass participation, OCA sanctioned, Gran Fondo – chip timed event with proceeds supporting the Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Care programs and KW Counselling Services." An absolutely great cause ...
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    by Published on 06-24-2012 06:45 AM
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    Last week, RIM offered a free introductory webinar for Cascades development for the BlackBerry 10 device. This webinar was so popular that all five sessions of the webinars were completely full with developers flushed with energy and enthusiasm in developing for the BlackBerry 10 platform. If you were unable to attend this webinar, don’t worry, RIM has assured us that the recording will be up and available soon, stay tuned to BlackBerryOS.com and we will updated you as soon as it is posted!

    As a follow up to last week’s webinar, RIM will be offering a second webcast titled “Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework” this Tuesday at 11 AM EST (8:00 AM PST). Anyone interested in developing for BlackBerry 10 using Cascades will be able to attend this webcast for free. If you are unable to attend, the recording to this webcast will also be available online at a later date.

    Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework continued

    Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    Time: 11:00 AM EST / 8:00 AM PST
    Summary:
    This session will be focused on some of Cascades’ most powerful, useful and easy-to-use features: custom UI components, animations and lists. Beginning where the original webcast left off, Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework continued will take a deeper look into the inner-workings of the Cascades elements and show how they can be customized to create a truly enjoyable development and user experience.

    Topics covered include:

    • Learn to make custom UI components
    • Creating custom animations
    • Utilizing custom and stock lists


    Presenter:
    Garett Beukeboom, Application Development Consultant, Research In Motion Limited

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    by Published on 06-24-2012 06:45 AM
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    Once again another doom and gloom story has come out saying that RIM will not survive past 2013. This time, Yahoo Finance has named RIM as one of 10 brands that will not survive the upcoming year. Regurgitating all the financial woes that we've all heard before, the author of the article ...
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    by Published on 06-23-2012 04:31 PM
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    Donny H from the InsideBB Blog has sat down with Todd Wood, SVP Design at RIM to ask him some questions about the overall process of what it takes to bring a BlackBerry device to the market. Todd talks about everything from his field of work, inspiration, and the future of BlackBerry design. He was asked 6 questions that range from the typical design process for BlackBerry, to where will we see BlackBerry in 5 years from now?

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