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    by Published on 04-13-2012 03:34 AM
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    One of my favorite games on the PlayBook received a major update really early this morning. Sketch With Friends v2.0 for the PlayBook is now available in App World and although no change log was included in the update, Sketch With Friends' Facebook page mentions the "new features include Private Rooms" (which is definitely a welcome update).

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    by Published on 04-12-2012 10:28 PM
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    Let's be honest, until recently most of RIM's commercials were very business-minded & serious. A few months ago, RIM announced that they had decided to partner with CollegeHumor to make some more youthful & humorous BlackBerry videos to promote devices & apps.

    Streeter & Amir, the two faces most synonymous with CollegeHumor have recently started the BBM Challenge Council Project, where they will debunk RIM myths with humorous videos & contests at the same time.

    I was a bit hesitant at first to watch their first episode, but they did find a creative way to promote BBM Music by causing a block party in some small town somewhere in New York.


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    by Published on 04-12-2012 05:18 PM
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    Oh RIM, you are on a roll today and you have left the best for last it seems. Today RIM has announced a new contest in which they will be giving away 3 (THREE) passes to BlackBerry World 2012 in Orlando, Florida (May 1st - 3rd). Keep in mind this contest is limited to North America only.

    Here are the details:

    As part of the entry process, you need to follow @BlackBerry4Biz on Twitter® and tweet the following information from your Twitter account:

    • One reason why you deserve to go
    • The phrase “Take me to #bbwc”

    Good luck to everyone and get to tweeting!
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    by Published on 04-12-2012 04:25 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Most of us may know/have heard of Gist because of the PlayBook's new Contacts app in OS 2.0, but they are also a fairly popular app on BlackBerry smartphones as well. Gist for BlackBerry enables you to access all of your contacts in one place and see updates for each contact from various sources including email, social networks and other online content.

    Their app has been updated, it's been a little while, and is now available in App World. Below are more details from Gist's Blog about what's new with this release:

    Overall Account Performance & Reliability

    The Gist for BlackBerry app received major performance and reliability improvements this release. You will notice a significant increase in speed and reliability upon the initial load of contacts from various sources (Contacts app, Calendar app, email, Twitter, and Facebook) and pulling all of their social information and news from the web.

    We now pull new contacts from your social accounts into Gist more often. So you will see a new Facebook friend or someone you’ve followed on Twitter appear faster in your Gist account.

    The “Get the Gist” option from the Contacts and Calendar apps is not only faster, but also more reliable. The app is also much faster when navigating the tabs within a contact profile.

    New Features

    The “Get the Gist” feature now works on contact groups in the BlackBerry Contacts app. Simply open the Contacts app on your BlackBerry, highlight the group, press the BlackBerry menu button on your device and select “Get the Gist”. The Gist app will open displaying the list of people in your contact group. From here you can easily navigate profile information and social updates to learn more about the people in your group.

    Bug Fixes

    We received many requests from our users for more detailed messages within the app. We have added these messages in this release. You will now be prompted to sign in, check your internet connection and such, instead of receiving a generic error message.

    What’s Next?

    Now that we are caught up on bug fixes, we will begin working on additional Gist for BlackBerry features! Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and please suggest a feature here!


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    by Published on 04-12-2012 02:00 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    BBM Music has been updated to version 1.2.0.16. Not much in regards to a change log, but there are some key issue that you should be aware of. BBM Music has come along way since its initial release and we have seen some great progress from RIM on this application.

    The following is a list of issues that appear in BBM Music version 1.2.0.16 application:

    • “No Results found for Recommended” message displayed at bottom of recommended songs in catalog list
    • Blank error message displayed on attempt to upgrade after an initial failure and battery pull
    • “See Playlist” remains in the middle of the list of songs when the list is expanded
    • Application launches before registration is complete when launched from ‘extended search’

    You can head on over to the Beta Zone to download this application.


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    by Published on 04-12-2012 03:37 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    So, before the flaming starts, there is no denying that the new concept design BlackBerry, dubbed BlackBerry 10 TK2 Victory, resembles the form factor of the newer Palm device series. Let's just clear the air on that. When I first laid eyes on the mock-up images, all I could think of was holding a stylus pen in hand while using the device (not necessarily a bad thing).

    I do like the idea of the bigger screen to satisfy the full-screen users, while jamming in some physical keys to satisfy the physical keyboard junkies. But is it really a winning design? I say probably not. Why? Because it looks like a man with a undersized body and a overgrown head trying to do a back-flip! Not going to be easy (nothing against big heads, I have one myself). And there are some negative side affects to having such a large screen with a regular sized keypad. It renders the one-handed usage primarily to the bottom of the touchscreen only. No more single hand high stretches to reach that touch sensitive content up top, as you'll have to let go of the keyboard and double hand it without that trackpad. So, unless you have the fingers of a 7 foot tall basketball player, I'd opt for a smaller design.


    [BB10 TK2 concept device next to Palm Pixi Plus]

    However, easier said than done, right? I'm not saying I could come up with something better (see my mediocre unfinished mockup), but I do feel that overall form fumbles function in this BB 10 TK2 concept. Which is why it is a concept, right? I do like the inset sleep/power button though. And kudos to the graphic artist, Guy Bridges, who went through the pains of putting this concept together for us BlackBerry 10 thirsty addicts till the next juicy piece of material comes around for us to sink our opinions into. Stay tuned for my next rant...

    Agree or disagree? Let me know what you think about the BlackBerry 10 TK2 concept device in the comments!
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    by Published on 04-11-2012 03:27 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Looks like the BlackBerry Curve 9380, has made an early decision to go into retirement. It was not long ago that we were talking about this device making its way into consumers hands, but unfortunately Bell Canada has decided to remove the device from its inventory. From the picture it looks as though they had it at end of life status back in March. It seems like the 9380 did not go over very well with consumers.
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    by Published on 04-11-2012 03:14 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News


    Once again the BlackBerry proves that its security is matched by no other device on the market today. A recent survey taken by antivirus and security giant Trend Micro shows BlackBerry OS 7.0 coming out on top over iOS5, Windows Phone 7.5, and Android 2.3.

    The survey scored each platform on factors like, built-in security, application security, authentication, device firewall, device wipe, and virtualisation. BlackBerry had the highest score at 2.89. Apples iOS came out in second place at 1.7, Windows Mobile at 1.16, and Android at 1.37

    This is great news, but should come to no surprise to BlackBerry users as RIM has always taken pride in developing secure devices. A good organization always has security in mind, but unfortunately the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) mentality mandated by CEO's have opened the doors for even more security threats. Thankfully organizations who put their trust in BlackBerry wont have to be as concerned about security issues as the BlackBerry can take care of itself.

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    by Published on 04-11-2012 09:27 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    One of the best social networking sites has finally been released out of Beta Zone. Facebook for BlackBerry version 3.0.0.15 is now available in the App World for everyone. BlackBerry users will definitely appreciate and will surely enjoy the improvements of this new version.

    New features of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.0 include:
    • BBM Connected App Integration where you can share your FB status to your BBM contacts right within the app
    • New Facebook Publisher, Share with BBM Contact
    • UI Discoverability Improvements
    • Improved Facebook Notifications
    • User-Friendly Error Messages


    When Facebook 3.0 was released to Beta Zone members only, some did not appreciate the changes due to issues like duplicate posts and others. However, not all of the changes are negative and I do believe that's the reason why it is now out for everyone in App World. So head over the App World and try this new Facebook 3.0 and do not forget to share "what's on your mind".

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    by Published on 04-11-2012 05:39 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    Call it a freak of nature, on purpose, or a RIM slip-up, as BBOS member eKoKnight has just posted a screenshot in our forums of a new "Verizon Wireless Store" category showing up in PlayBook's App World. I can also verify the category myself on my tablet, and nothing but a empty loading screen is all I get from it. Could this be the prepping of a 4G data enabled tablet from Verizon? Time for Verizon native and approved apps for the PlayBook? PlayBook Skype for Verizon subscribers!

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    by Published on 04-11-2012 04:45 AM
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    Under the title of, "somethings happening, something wonderful," Alec Saunders of RIM has posted a blog contest that will urge developers to submit their BlackBerry apps in hyper-mode. The incentive is an all expenses paid trip to the BlackBerry 10 Jam event in which developers attending will receive a free BB 10 prototype device to aid them in converting and developing their apps for the upcoming OS 10. Starting now, every 100th app submitted to BB App World is eligible to win a prize package that includes $500 USD cash, a voucher for an airline ticket (up to $1,500 USD in North America and $2,500 USD outside of North America), a pass to BlackBerry 10 Jam on May 1-3 and four nights at a hotel. In other words, a all expenses paid dream trip of a lifetime!
    We’re going to keep driving that momentum and building that excitement – it’s a rush and we don’t want it to go away. We’ve decided that from now until May 1, 2012, there will be some extra incentive to our community to keep up the development. Starting April 10, 12:01 am, every 100th new app submitted to BlackBerry App World is eligible for a prize package that will bring you to BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando, Florida from May 1-3. (Click here for legal terms and conditions). The prize package includes $500 USD cash, a voucher for an airline ticket (up to $1,500 USD in North America and $2,500 USD outside of North America), a pass to BlackBerry 10 Jam on May 1-3 and four nights at a hotel. Winners will be notified via the primary email on BlackBerry App World vendor account.
    In his article, Alec recants on the success that BB App World has seen in recent months and the need to continue "driving that momentum and building that excitement" that has been building up around the success of new apps coming to BlackBerry from thousands of developers around the world.

    Need more info? Get more details on the BlackBerry Jam 10 conference in Orlando. Also, be sure to let us know in the comments if you will be attending the BB 10 Jam event!
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    by Published on 04-11-2012 02:46 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News

    In a attempt to ride on the BeBold tagline and promote BlackBerry native features, RIM has released a couple short video demos of BlackBerry Messenger and Browser on the new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 device. Good to see RIM continuing the commercial promotion of BlackBerry 7 as we work our way to the super BlackBerry 10 OS. What do you think about the videos, yea? or nay?
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    by Published on 04-09-2012 09:04 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Alec Saunders, Senior VP of Developer Relations at RIM, has gotten a lot of attention in the media over the last 24 hours about some tweets he wrote regarding sideloading apps on future builds of the PlayBook OS. Today, he has released a statement to clarify those tweets and reassure the developer community that sideloading is not going anywhere as a dev tool, but simply being modified to prevent piracy.

    In a new blog post on the Inside BlackBerry Dev Blog, Saunders explains how starting with the next build on the PlayBook (we're assuming a 2.0.1.xxxx build) there will be a new feature implemented that will encrypt purchased apps to prevent them from being shared with non-paying parties.

    This is great news for devs as not only will they not lose a valuable tool, but will also gain more security over where their apps are being loaded.

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    by Published on 04-09-2012 06:12 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Since I decided to start reading the Hunger Games books on my BlackBerry, after the awesome sale they had, the Kobo app has been getting a good work out. I definitely feel it has needed some bug fixes to address some zooming/scrolling issues and it seems like this new update might address that.

    Kobo v4.2.1 is available in App World now so if you're an avid reader, make sure you update Kobo right away.

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    by Published on 04-09-2012 04:21 PM
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    Only a couple weeks ago we reported that those attending the BB 10 Jam conference would be receiving a much anticipated BB 10 prototype device. In that report we also mentioned the developer tools that would become available to devs who are wanting to update their apps to support the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS.

    Today, RIM has sent us a email outlining the upcoming highlights, some of which we have already covered, of the event. So what are the highlights of BlackBerry 10 Jam?
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