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    by Published on 07-03-2012 07:16 PM
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    Research in Motion, will be conducting their Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 10:00am EDT in Waterloo, Ontario. At this meeting, we expect Throsten to undergo heat from shareholders due to the delay of the release of BlackBerry 10 smartphone portfolio and the ongoing struggle and loss of market share in the smartphone market in the United States.

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    by Published on 07-03-2012 09:57 AM
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    Once again RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has assured the media that he has everything under control. Ever since RIMs first quarter 2013 earnings conference call last week the media has been on a feeding frenzy regarding the current state of the BlackBerry maker RIM. Everyone seems to have an ...
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    by Published on 07-02-2012 07:58 PM
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    One of my favorite parts of App World is the New Arrivals section. This is where I found this new app this evening and decided to give it a try.

    Facade is a cool app that allows you to combine your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even Sina Weibo (Don't worry, I had to look this one up too) accounts into one easy to read timeline. You can post to all your accounts at once or select each account individually instead.

    This is an Android app that's been ported over to the PlayBook, but it has worked extremely well for me so far.

    It can be a little confusing in terms of the different timelines when you first start. Once you sign into all your accounts, the feeds just don't show up until you go into the settings (swipe down from the top bezel) and adjust how frequently you want to be updated. After that, hitting the "reload" button at the button will show the combined timelines in the app.

    The cool thing is, once that's done, you can pretty much just refresh the timeline whenever you see fit or wait till it updates automatically based on your predetermined intervals.

    One more thing, Facade for the PlayBook is free. What do I like more than cool apps? Cool apps that are free and this one definitely fits in this category.

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    by Published on 07-02-2012 05:27 PM
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    BlackBerry news in the last week has had it's plenty of downs. However, with this less than par news we have gained plenty of new insight into the BlackBerry 10 platform and what it entails. The news has taken us on a roller coaster. From everything about the delay of BlackBerry 10 to Q1 of 2013, to leaked slides showing that there will be both QWERTY and FullScreen BlackBerry 10 devices (L and N Series) at launch.

    With the help from an anonymous source, we have gotten our hands on what appears to be a BlackBerry 10 Roadmap for 2013! Boo-ya!! I'll explain more below, but first, here is a quick overview of the roadmap dates:

    • 4G PlayBook - Q4, 2012
    • BlackBerry 10 London/Nevada - Q1, 2013 - Europe launch before N. America
    • BlackBerry 10 Upgrade for PlayBook - Q1/Q2, 2013
    • BlackBerry device codenamed "Nashville" - Q2/Q3, 2013
    • BlackBerry 10 inch PlayBook "Blackforest" - Q3, 2013
    • BlackBerry device codenamed "Naples" - Q3/Q4, 2013

    Before we go into what the roadmap is showing us, we were also told that RIM will be launching BlackBerry 10 in Europe 3-4 weeks prior to launching BlackBerry 10 in North America. Don't worry though, both launches will still take place in Q1. The BlackBerry 10 Europe launch is suppose to take place within the first week of January, while the North American launch to follow in the first week of February. The reason behind this, is because the European markets and media outlets have been better receptive to BlackBerry than the "doom and gloom" repetitive bullshit of the North American media outlets. RIM has also had much better success with BlackBerry in general in these other markets. This should give the global market more time to become accustomed to BlackBerry 10 and create the hype it needs to make it's way to the shelves of N. America and elsewhere.

    Little has been known in regards to the BlackBerry 10 roadmap besides what we have learned from the delayed launch in the last week during RIM's earnings call. What we have known already is that the 4G LTE PlayBook will be on the market before the year's end. This will usher in the first BlackBerry 10 devices in Q1 of 2013, and PlayBook's running OS 2 will get a upgrade to BlackBerry 10 OS. Probably the best news about being a PlayBook owner you can get.

    What really sparks our interest is what we have heard about possible other BB10 devices which names were discovered hidden in the data of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. These were codenamed "Nashville" and "Naples." The roadmap tells us that the Nashville is tracking between Q2/Q3, and Naples Q3/Q4. As to what these devices are, we are still uncertain, but there has been speculation that they may be variations of the QWERTY N-Series. It would make sense being they all have a codename that starts with the letter N. Or, they could very well be variants of a 7 or 10 inch PlayBook tablet - not enough info yet.

    Since the release of the 7 inch PlayBook there has been many speculations and rumors as to when, or if, there will be a 10 inch PlayBook to ever see the market. As far as over a year ago there were rumors that RIM had completely stopped any kind of plans for a 10 inch PlayBook so that they could focus on getting BlackBerry 10 OS out first. This makes sense that we would not see a 10 inch PlayBook hit your happy little hands until BlackBerry 10 is launched. This also means that any tablet launching after Q1 will also come equipped with the BlackBerry 10 OS.

    We've known that the device codenamed "Blackforest" has long now been rumored to be the 10 inch BlackBerry tablet. Based on the roadmap, it looks to be tracking for Q3, 2013. There is also the number "128" shown besides the "Blackforest" codename. Could this mean that the first 10 inch PlayBook will come in a 128 GB model!? This could be very well so, as RIM has just nixed the 16 GB model, citing that less of memory is just not going to be relevant anymore as they continue their focus on higher capacity models. As apps and OS content continues to become more jam packed rich, I think seeing a 128 GB tablet hit the market in Q3 of 2013 makes a whole lot of sense!

    It looks like 2013 is going to be RIM's year for a chance as the comeback kid. I'm hoping to see when we attend the main BlackBerry Jam event this September in San Jose, that more light will be shed on BlackBerry 10 and the many questions coming from the community. I'm still hoping that in some ways this roadmap isn't true, and RIM will surprise us with a early BlackBerry 10 release in Q4 of this year. Either way, keep it here for any updates to the upcoming BlackBerry 10 launch!
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    by Published on 06-30-2012 04:37 PM
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    On the heels of the RIM's Q1-2013 Earnings Call, Alec Saunders, RIM's VP of Developer Relations, has come out with a reaffirmation and apology to the developer community for the further delay of the BlackBerry 10 OS launch. I'm for one am happy to see that Alec has come out strong and quickly to remind those of us whom are looking toward BlackBerry 10, of the commitment RIM has given to developers so far. Everything from the new BB10Jam events, to the Dev Alpha program. RIM has lived up to their quality of providing devs with the tools and support they need. Reading Alec's statement really makes the delay seem that much shorter knowing that he is behind the wheel on the way to BlackBerry 10. Continue reading to see his letter, and be sure let us know what you think in the comments!

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    by Published on 06-30-2012 10:50 AM
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    RIM's earnings call a couple days ago was not what we wanted to hear, but instead everything we needed to hear. Now that we have had time to cool down and think with clarity we can see that the message from Thorsten Heins was clear: RIM "will not deliver a product to the market that is not ready to meet the needs of our customers." In order to deliver on that promise, Heins will ensure that there is "no compromise in this issue." In other words, Heins will not deliver a product with missing features like native e-mail or half-hearted attempts at greatness. So it's only a matter of time before all the pieces begin falling into place. Let's try to gain some perspective by looking back at the flood of information that we learned.
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    by Published on 06-29-2012 04:12 PM
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    As gloomy as the news may sound from yesterday's RIM earnings call about the job cuts expected to be fulfilled by the end of the fiscal year, there is still some good news to be told!

    During yesterday's call, it was made clear that although RIM was making around 5,000 job cuts, trimming the total global workforce to roughly around 11,000 employees, RIM will still continue to hire employees. This makes me confident in how RIM is handling this situation for a couple reasons. First, it shows that they are cutting out jobs that aren't top priority. Second, it shows that RIM is focusing on hiring those who will get us to the BlackBerry 10 platform the fastest.

    If you take a look at the current open positions at the RIM Careers website, a large amount of them are higher level software developer positions. RIM CEO, Thorsten Heins, has tightened the belt notch and will continue to focus on restructuring RIM to be successful. This gives me confidence that RIM will come out of this strong. You can't fix the issue if you are in ignorant of it, right? RIM is of no ignorance.

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    by Published on 06-29-2012 02:26 AM
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    So with the news of BlackBerry 10 being delayed till sometime during the first quarter of 2013 (roughly 6+ months from now), there are many questions floating around as to what will RIM do to keep BlackBerry fresh in the eyes of loyal users? Many are wondering if the latest OS 7 will be able to hold interest, or if RIM has any other OS updates in store along the way? I for one am not happy about the delay. And although I'll be sticking with Team BlackBerry always, the average user will shy away from the platform unless it has what the general consumer market wants. Let's face it, OS 7 has a lot of great qualities that us BlackBerry users want, but it does lack fundamental features (video chat, apps, ect) that the average smartphone user craves for. Hit the break to continue reading article and vote in our site poll...

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    by Published on 06-29-2012 12:45 AM
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    S4BB Limited has decided to honor the USA Independence Day and Canada Day by offering a selection of their finest paid BlackBerry apps for the low price of $0.99 each! The celebration sale will be going on for a week, so get your apps while you can.

    Make this the best 1st and 4th of July celebration with apps like Camera Timer to commemorate the good times you and your family/friends had! Or get Signal Booster to make your Smartphone independent from low signals! MessageSchedule allows you to time all the messages you want to send to your loved ones. Schedule them in advance so you have the whole day to celebrate!

    Looking for some American stories but too busy to read? S4BB has thought of that as well! They're offering 13 BlackBerry PlayBook compatible audiobooks for $0.99 as well. Listen to great stories such as The Mountains of California, or brush up on your history knowledge with History of the United States Vol. I. Looking for something sophisticated? Then listen to the poem Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight.

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    by Published on 06-29-2012 12:26 AM
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    Game designer, Electronic Arts Inc, is having a 50 percent off sale for select games for the 4th of July and Canada Day holidays! The sale pertains to both the BlackBerry PlayBook and Smartphones. Depending on whether you reside in Canada or the USA is what sales promotion you will see. Don't worry though, as it also looks as both countries get to enjoy the same discounts. If you are in need of some awesome games for your BlackBerry, get to App World now, and get in on this sale!

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    by Published on 06-28-2012 03:19 PM
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    This is a reminder for those who want to listen in to the Research In Motion First Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call, today, Jun 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM ET. The call can be accessed by dialing 1-800-814-4859 or by webcast at www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 7 PM EST by dialing 1-416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4501363#.

    As far as what to expect? We know that there will be some bad news, as we are already anticipating this. However, on the heels of redundant doom and gloom, I'm sure RIM is bound to drop positive news as well. Be sure to make it back here today, at 5 PM EST, to join us for our live blog coverage of the earnings call!
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    by Published on 06-28-2012 02:42 PM
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    Donny from the Inside BlackBerry blog sits down with golf pro and Team BlackBerry member Morgan Pressel to chat about what inspired her to get into the game and how she stays connected while travelling the world on tour. Pressel also receives a awesome device as a gift from RIM for her loyalty to TeamBlackBerry. Watch the video to find out which one!

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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. Itís important to plan ahead, but itís 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, youíll 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.
    • Whatís 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, itís 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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