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    by Published on 06-06-2012 06:06 PM
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    If you've been waffling on getting a BlackBerry Playbook, now may just be the time to pull the trigger. Research In Motion may be discontinuing the 16 GB Playbook. The 16GB was my first Playbook purchase but I did quickly find myself running out of room with the addition of movies and ...
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    by Published on 06-06-2012 04:53 PM
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    The popular free photo editing app, Photo Studio, has just been updated to v0.9.9 for both BlackBerry Smartphones and the PlayBook. Photo Studio is created by the KVADGroup, and is compatible for BlackBerry Smartphones running OS 5.0 and higher, as well as PlayBook OS 2.0 and higher. Here is the changelog for this updated version:

    • 27 new amazing effects!
    • New “Summer Frames” pack
    • Color Splash editor (available as BETA for devices with touch screen)
    • New user interface with lightbox for your photos and so on
    • Fix for processing portrait photos (OS 6 and higher)
    • Now you can configure some of the effects (Grayscale, Draft and Sketch)
    • Widescreen frame is added to default pack of frames

    You can download Photo Studio for free in BlackBerry App World. Smartphone version and Tablet version have a few differences.

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    by Published on 06-06-2012 05:12 AM
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    BlackBerry has once again won the hearts of the South African youth as it remains the "Coolest Brand" in the Sunday Times Generation Next 2012 brand Survey Awards. In addition, BlackBerry also topped the list of " Coolest Cellphone" and "Coolest High-Tech Gadget". We already know BlackBerry is the coolest smartphone out there and its nice to know our friends in South Africa agree.Winning the eighth annual Generation Next Brand Survey Awards " Coolest Brand", marks the second year in a row that BlackBerry has dominated smartphone popularity in South Africa.

    “BlackBerry smartphones are designed to look cool and stylish, yet are packed with excellent features such as social networking and instant messaging”, and “The brand also offers a choice of smartphone models, ranging from full-featured entry level devices right through to premium smartphones, giving users a wide range of choices suitable to their lifestyles and budgets.” says Lanie Visser, RIMS Marketing Director for South Africa.

    It's nice to see BlackBerry moving in another positive direction. Take a look at the full press release here.


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    by Published on 06-06-2012 12:28 AM
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    The free Google+ app for BlackBerry, made by Smarter Apps, has just been updated to v1.0.59. This update is mandatory for the app to function correctly. Apparently Google keeps changing things around on the G+ side, and these kind of updates are necessary to continue using the G+ network. While you all are at it, be sure to follow BlackBerryOS on our Google+ account page for all the latest and greatest in BlackBerry!


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    by Published on 06-05-2012 11:51 PM
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    The web based Twitter client, Twimbow, has announced they will release their first mobile app on day one for BlackBerry 10 OS smartphones when they launch later this year. Twimbow is a web application that helps any social media user to engage their network of friends more effectively, by organizing and enriching their conversations online. Twimbow also has a feature where you can organize your contacts by certain colors, allowing you to filter out what is most relevant and important to you.

    Twimbow has laid out the 5 reasons why they are going to start their app with the BlackBerry 10 OS in a blog post. These reasons include:

    1. BlackBerry 10 is the most open OS available for smartphones, way more than Android (and capable of running Android apps as well). The set of tools developers can use is incredible and you can basically port any app to that OS very easily.
    2. HTML5 performance: as many tests already confirmed, HTML5 performance on BlackBerry 10 is far superior than iOS or Android. It is actually outstanding. Given that Twimbow is a rich HTML5 app, porting it to BB10 is very easy and can offer incredible performances to our users
    3. BB10 is capable of running an HTML5 app as a native app, with a deep integration with the OS (notifications, BBM integration, UI etc.) and taking advantage of the real multi-tasking capabilities of the BB10 OS, something not available in other smartphones.
    4. the opportunity to be in the BB App World for the BB10 launch is huge, so we want to be there.
    5. some of the countries that are very important for Twimbow are historically very important for BlackBerry as well. An example? Indonesia, #2 country in terms of Twimbow registered users and now #1 in terms of daily users.

    So check out the video demo above of the early BlackBerry 10 version of Twimbow and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
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    by Published on 06-05-2012 08:55 PM
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    The makers of the much anticipated DJ mixing app coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook, have announced on Twitter that their app, Pacemaker, will be ready to download via App World on June 14th. Pacemaker is also launching exclusively to the BlackBerry PlayBook platform. Sorry iPhone and Android users, suckaz. If you haven't heard much about Pacemaker, check out this video of "God's Will" demoing the app in a performance at BlackBerry World 2012.
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    by Published on 06-04-2012 05:23 AM
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    RIM recently released the BlackBerry Music Gateway, and although its stayed under the radar this little device has a lot to offer. The 60mm x 37.5mm devices will allow you to " Experience music your way". Through Bluetooth and NFC technology, the BlackBerry Music Gateway will seamlessly stream your music from your BlackBerry smartphone or computer. Yes, it even works with other alternate phone brands.

    The device will set you back about $50 bucks, but has the NFC feature exclusive to BlackBerry devices. Which means you can tap to connect to the device through NFC. Some additional features include, wireless playback, device remote control through paired phone, easy connections, and compatible with most online services. If you're looking to purchase BlackBerry Music gateway you can find it at the BlackBerry Store Front.



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    by Published on 06-04-2012 04:23 AM
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    The Alec Saunders world tour continues in Southeast Asia and the Pacific in support of getting more and more developers to develop for BlackBerry 10. Today's stop takes the Vice President of Developers Relations to Indonesia. Promoting the wonders of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating ...
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    by Published on 06-02-2012 09:30 AM
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    A dull grey building, with no signs in Canada that is owned by RIM, has the locals wondering what exactly is going on inside this newly built structure. The building is located at a remote location far from RIM's Waterloo campus, and no one really knows what's going on there. A new HQ or a company "think tank" have been among some of the guesses.

    RIM's Corporate Communications Manager, Rebecca Freiburger, stated that “a number of people from varying business units are housed there," and that "it was decided a sign was unnecessary, as there isn’t a need for visitors to know its location." Although RIM has remained coy with inquiries regarding the building, there are other clues that may give us a little more information. According to research done by TheRecord, a report from Colliers International listed the building as RIM's headquarters.

    Over the years RIM has always remained quiet about their real estate investments, and have spent quite a bit of money on it. Whatever this building is being used for, it's clear that RIM has something to do with it. Is it a secret testing lab for BB 10? A secret research center for future devices? We will probably never know, but it's always fun speculating.


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    by Published on 05-31-2012 06:39 PM
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    Note to developers, start paying attention to whether you apps is a battery sucker or not. Why?... Upcoming versions of BlackBerry Device Software version 7.1.0.x introduce a new service that monitors BlackBerry applications for system resource abuse, that cause your battery to drain to quickly. This service is called Application Resource Monitor. The feature will be optional and set to work by default so that any user who installs the OS will automatically be protected by the Application Resource Monitor.

    This new feature is designed to help consumers get the most battery life out of their BlackBerry smartphone by closing applications that are abusing resources leading to noticeable battery drain. By developers following certain steps, they can ensure that your application behaves like a good citizen on the device and is never noticed by Application Resource Monitor.

    Read on for more details posted from the BlackBerry Dev Blog, on what do to, and how it works...

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 05:56 PM
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    PlayBook OS v2.1.0.560 is now rolling out to registered users! Thanks to a tip from, JDuke @BerryInformed, there is now a easy way to get the update OS 2.1 Beta to download without waiting for it to push the notification to your tablet. All you have to do is re-register your PlayBook's PIN on the BlackBerry Dev website! Yep, I am downloading now as I right this. Keep in mind, this is a Beta OS release designed for developers. This means that certain apps that you already have installed may not work, and may cause other issues with your tablet. So install at your own discretion.

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 05:36 PM
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    Good news for RIM!! Today a Canadian Federal Court ruled that Research In Motion can continue using the BBM acronym even though the actual trademark has been in use by BBM Canada, who sued RIM, for sixty years.

    On a spate of down news that has been the plaguing RIM recently, ...
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    by Published on 05-31-2012 04:38 PM
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    The BlackBerry Dev Blog has just reported the release of the bbUI.js v0.9.2. What does this mean? Well, since BlackBerry 10 Jam, dev users have been a big part in testing out the new features of the bbUI framework which has allowed for many more enhancements, fixes, and functionality to come along into this newest bbUI.js version. You can see the full change log here, but allow me to post a quick list of some of the most notable improvements:

    • BlackBerry 10 Grid List
      • Now supports both square 1:1 and widescreen 16:9 image formats
      • Added press-and-hold context menu support
      • Only shows translucent overlay if either a title or sub-title is provided
      • Supports both solid and gradient headers
      • Header text justification added

    • Image List
    • Supports both solid and gradient headers for BlackBerry 10
    • Image display effects for BlackBerry 10
    • Added placeholder images for items without image content on all BlackBerry operating systems
    • Supports a “text only” mode on all BlackBerry operating systems
    • New touch and click highlighting to match BlackBerry 10 UX specifications
    • Ellipsis added to the end of long text in arrow and image lists
    • HTML5 input fields now supported in Label/Control containers
    • Added slider styling for BlackBerry 10 with some funky animation
    • Added progress indicators for all BlackBerry operating systems
    • New title bar support with buttons for BlackBerry 10
    • New radio button styling for BlackBerry 10 with some slip-and-slide animation

    As you can see, many image and animation enhancements in this release. So make sure to get updated to this latest release and let us know how it works for you!

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 02:10 PM
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    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    PlayBook developers all over the world have been dying to get their hands on the next OS update of our beautiful tablets. As promised by PlayBook Product Manager, Michael Clewley on Twitter a few days ago, OS 2.1 has officially been released by RIM as a beta exclusively for developers only. What does this mean for the rest of us mere mortals? Well it simply means we wont be able to get our hands on it just yet. Not to fear though, this is all for a good reason.

    This release is specifically meant for developers to be able to run and test their apps on them before the public gets a hold of it at a later (and hopefully not too long from now) date. This helps ensure that all our favorite apps are compatible and are able to run smoothly on the next implementation of the OS that gets released publicly.

    What's New

    • Improved HTML5 support (Browser HTML 5 Score 391+10 Bonus Points)
    • Each Android app will now run in its own window. This greatly improves the user experience and consistency among the other application runtimes.
    • Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps, allowing many more application types to work on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
    • In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK, so Android applications can include virtual items for sale in their applications.
    • Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
    • Improved folder support including IMAP folder support

    If you're a developer and want to be able to load this puppy up, head on over to the registration/sign up page here and get enrolled.

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 01:53 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Games,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook


    And the games just keep on rolling in for the BlackBerry PlayBook in App World. Now, Rope Rescue joins the party and we're pretty sure PlayBook owners are gonna love this game. Highly addictive and interactive, Union3d did a great job with this game. The price tag of $4.99 may turn some off, but if you like having a good collection of games on your PB, it's definitely worth the money.

    Game Description

    Drag a length of rope through a series of gears, and then finally attach it to the cage to release your friends. Pesky enemies, fire, and other rope-wrecking obstacles threaten feathered freedom. Collect butterflies on the way for special bonuses, and try use as little rope as possible for maximum points.

    • Rope Rescue HD Highlights
    • Puzzling levels will keep you wrapped up for hours.
    • Addictive gameplay with multiple solutions for each level will have you playing for hours.
    • Avoid flying knives, fire cannons and of course the evil bats.
    • Collect or purchase butterflies to unlock later levels or provide hints to help you on your adventure.
    • Visit the bird sanctuary to see the cute baby birds you have rescued.


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