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    by Published on 05-29-2012 11:49 AM
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    It's kind of nice when the RIM heads give us a heads up on what's coming out. Last night, RIM PlayBook Product Manager and all around nice guy, Michael Clewley, sent out the above tweets in response to a question about the 2.1 beta OS for the PlayBook. Stating that the beta would be released at the end of May gives a pretty good idea it'll be out this week because the last day of May is Thursday.

    The beta will be conducted the same way that the original 2.0 beta was done. We're sure devs are anxious to get their hands on the new beta and they will be able to do so very, very soon!
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    by Published on 05-29-2012 11:33 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Wikitude has informed us of a new update to their augmented reality app. The new version, 7.0.5, brings with it some much needed improvements to the UI and performance of the app. Also, after partnering up with TripAdvisor.com and Hotels.com, Wikitude 7 will be even more useful for all those that love using this app. Check out more details below and make sure you let us know how like this app in the comments.

    The new stuff: The new panorama user interface lets you slide between three main screens:

    • Favorites screen: organize and bookmark your content "Worlds" according to your preferences & lifestyle
    • Featured screen: Updated regularly to highlight what’s new and interesting
    • Categories screen: Find the Worlds you are looking for by subject

    Features:

    • Create your very own AR World and share it with your friends, meaning you see their favorite places, and they see yours
    • Find events, tweets, Wikipedia articles and ATMs
    • Find restaurant and Hotel recommendations from Yelp, Qype, TripAdvisor, Hotels.com and many more around you
    • Explore places in augmented reality or show them on a map or list view
    • Browse more than 100 million places and interactive content from more than 3,500 content providers or so called “Worlds”
    • Search for specific places, for example “thai restaurants”
    • Find mobile coupons, deals and discounts for stores and shops near you

    Head on over to App World to download the newest version of Wikitude!
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    by Published on 05-29-2012 06:05 AM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook

    It seems like it's an everyday occurrence that the BlackBerry maker RIM, is under fire from the media. The excitement over BlackBerry World has been trumped by recent talks of layoffs and the departure of more top RIM executives. The media are often quick to exaggerate news regarding RIM, and sometimes just plain inaccurate in their reports regarding the company. Every now and then its appropriate to set the facts straight.

    The Real Deal

    It would be a bit naive to think that RIM has not had its fair share of issues, and over the past year has given BlackBerry users and investors a wild ride. The truth is, RIM is not doing very well now. Sometimes the facts are hard to swallow for BlackBerry fans, but the fact of the matter is that there are some serious issues that RIM is going through now.

    RIM's stock has declined over 75% over the past year, and are down more than 90% of it's all time high in 2008. Yes, this is something that we have been hearing non stop over that past year, but until it improves we wont stop hearing about it. Before the holidays RIM's stock traded for $11 that is a far cry from $147 its all-time high in 2008.

    A massive surplus of mobile devices isn't helping the company either. We already heard from RIM about their $485 million dollar PlayBook inventory hit in December, and their $267 million BlackBerry inventory expense in January. That is quite a few BlackBerry devices not being sold. Since then the value of RIM's current BlackBerry and Tablet device inventory have grown more than 18% and has an inventory value of more than $1 billion, according to data complied by Bloomberg. In short this is not good. No company wants to be in the positions of having a surplus of their product.

    RIM's Hope

    A large part or RIM's future will be determined by the success of its upcoming BB 10 device. Most consumers are just waiting to get their hands on RIM's new BB 10 devices, but they will have to wait until later this year. Late last year RIM decided to delay the release of their BB 10 super phones. Critics have expressed concerns as to whether or not RIM's current OS 7 devices will hold up consumer interest until then.

    The bottom line is that BB 10 is extremely important to RIM's success. It's not just a hit or a miss, it has to be a grand-slam. It has to deliver and it has to "wow". RIM's recent BB 10 Alpha device has already shown some signs of some exciting things to come. BB 10's rich UI and unprecedented functionality is already getting may excited and is helping to spark new interest in RIM's smartphones. One thing we do know for certain from RIM is that BB 10 will be like nothing we have ever seen before.


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    by Published on 05-28-2012 04:00 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Spice Labs, the makers of great BlackBerry apps and games, such as; Crossword, Hangman, Memory, Battles Unlimited, ect., have now reached the 50 million total downloads milestone. Most, if not all, of these downloads came via BlackBerry App World, and many of their apps and games are FREE to download!

    Here are a few words from Spice Labs themselves about this milestone:

    Dear Friends,

    Two years back, we at Spice Labs embarked on a journey in to the Mobile Application wonderland. Roads ahead were uncharted,the destination was unknown and we had nothing but our conviction to guide us. Conviction that one can create a GLOBAL mobile app company, making PRODUCTS that are at par with GLOBAL Quality Standards, serving GLOBAL audience,from India.Today after 2 Years, 20 Apps, 250 Release Cycles, 4 Global Awards for Outstanding Apps, 20 Instances of being hailed as Top downloaded App on multiple App stores and more than 200 Media Mentions later we have a very special News to Share with you . Last month we crossed 50 Million downloads mark.

    Congrats to Spice Labs on their successful partnership with RIM as a vendor in BlackBerry App World. Let's help them reach another 50 million more downloads!


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    by Published on 05-28-2012 03:23 PM
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    No doubt this will be seen by many as another top RIM exec stepping down due to the company's "turmoil" but in fact, that's not really the case.

    Karima Bawa, RIM's Chief Legal Officer, has decided to actually retire and according to Reuters, "RIM said Bawa was in discussion with RIM about her intention to retire for some time.”
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    by Published on 05-26-2012 03:04 PM
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    Earlier this week WebMobi, a cloud-based mobile app creation company, announced the support of the BlackBerry platform for business and enterprise users. Now BlackBerry developers can create their mobile apps using WebMobi.

    The following features are available in the ...
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    by Published on 05-26-2012 10:22 AM
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    Is RIM planning on eliminating more than 2,000 jobs? The recent changes from the top with the co-CEO's resigning and a 14 year veteran of RIM leaving are starting to point that a cutting of the fat is needed in some slightly lean times. RIM's market share has been in decline recently ...
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    by Published on 05-25-2012 08:07 PM
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    Fancy yourself a shutterbug? Always have your BlackBerry smartphone or Playbook at the ready? Have that artistic eye? Well then the Inside BlackBerry Blog's latest idea is just for you. Five Pic Friday is just what it sounds like. Five Pictures posted each Friday from BlackBerry users ...
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    by Published on 05-25-2012 05:25 AM
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    One of the best innovations of BlackBerry 7 phones is the addition of Near Field Communication (NFC) to the hardware of the phone design. RIM is making inroads in partnering with carriers and corporations to provide NFC customer support.

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    by Published on 05-24-2012 03:29 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    The U.S. Dept of Defense has officially approved all BlackBerry 7 devices. This comes to no surprise as we recently reported that a half a million federal workers, including the President, are still glued to their BlackBerry devices. Also, the United Kingdom, and the land down under, Australia, approved BlackBerry 7 devices in the last couple weeks as well. Perhaps all this hype lately is tied to the fact that BlackBerry 10 is coming soon, and those who thought they may want to change their government device to the iPhone or Android are finally coming to whits end again. Are you a government worker with a BlackBerry?

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    by Published on 05-24-2012 10:25 AM
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    Asia is really becoming the hot bed for BlackBerry these days. With huge sales in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries, RIM is making it's presence felt in major ways. Today, RIM announced that two new BlackBerry 7 devices, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 and the BlackBerry Curve ...
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    by Published on 05-24-2012 09:09 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps



    The Beta Zone gave us a new Facebook for BlackBerry update yesterday and today, Twitter for BlackBerry follows through with one of their own. T4BB v3.1.0.8 brings with it some new a couple of new features that were sorely needed.

    Visit the BlackBerry Beta Zone to download Twitter for BlackBerry v3.1.0.8!"

    Check out what's been added to the latest Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones client!

    *Updated Tweet Details Screen - Clicking a Tweet now brings you to a content-rich Tweet details screen, designed to give you more information around the Tweet. Geotagged Tweets will show mini maps, Tweeted photos will appear larger, and Twitter conversations will be easier to follow. In addition, you will be able to see who’s Retweeted a Tweet, and by whom it has been Retweeted. To see a person’s profile screen, just click the profile picture again.

    *Undo Retweet - You can now undo a Retweet that you may have mistakenly Retweeted.You can undo a Retweet by using familiar actions used to delete a Tweet. In addition, the new Tweet details screen allows you to select the Retweet button to undo a Retweet.

    *Right to Left Language Support

    *Additional Languages - Finnish, Arabic & Hebrew


    *Discuss this in the forums


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    by Published on 05-24-2012 05:26 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    Instant messaging has become the norm for mobile users. It seems as though texting, instant messaging and email have almost replaced the phone call. BBM has long been the a strong point for RIM, and has proven to be popular among today's youth. Despite its popularity some question its ability to maintain its position as the instant-messaging, due to RIM's recent struggle.

    With over 55 million users worldwide BBM is clearly the preferred instant-messaging client, but that has not stopped the competition from moving in on this reach new market. Apple, Samsung, and third party vendors have all jumped on the opportunity to cater to consumers instant messaging fix. Apples iMessage has been slowly gaining popularity among its iPhone users while WhatApp Messenger has been gaining popularity across all platforms.

    So what plans does RIM have for BBM? For starters its does plan on making it a part of its next generation BB 10 platform. But what about the competition? Can we expect BBM to run on other platforms in the near future? The answer to the latter may be a solid no.

    According to the Wall Street Journal RIM had plans to license out its proprietary network before now CEO Thorsten Heins, came on board. A project formed by former Co-CEO's Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, code-name " SMS 2.0" would open up RIM's network to other smartphone makers. SMS 2.0 would license BBM as a service to these other smartphone makers, and allow RIM to make a profit off of licensing fees and support. RIM even acquired the popular messaging company called LiveProfile. However, the project was quickly squashed when newly appointed CEO Thorsten Heins decided that the company should not go with any licensing deals.

    BBM is an important part of the BlackBerry brand, and is one of the things that separates it from other smartphones. RIM will need to concentrate on perfecting the BBM application on its BB 10 line of devices. Consumers will be expecting a BBM client that runs just as smooth as their current BlackBerry device.



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    by Published on 05-23-2012 05:17 PM
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    The Research In Motion shuffle continues. According to the WSJ, Patrick Spence, RIM's Head of Global Sales, has resigned the company after 14 years of work. Spence had been with RIM search 1998 and, in many people's opinions, was one of the strongest VPs RIM has had.

    The move, although surprising, can't be too shocking especially after the appointment of a new COO and CMO two weeks ago, it's evident RIM is changing a lot.

    In an official statement, a RIM spokesperson confirmed the news:

    "I can confirm that Patrick Spence, Head of Global Sales for Research In Motion, has resigned following 14 years of service. Patrick will be taking on a leadership position in a different industry. The sales function will report directly into Kristian Tear, our newly appointed COO when he starts this summer. In the interim, the sales function will report to [CEO] Thorsten Heins."
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    by Published on 05-23-2012 04:56 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News



    Latin American BlackBerry users will now have two more OS 7+ devices to choose from now that Research In Motion has officially announced the release of the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and Curve 9320 in that region.

    As we know, targeting emerging markets are one of RIM's top priorities. Making sure that BlackBerry's presence remains in these markets will also be helped by the launch of these two extra economical devices.

    Packed with OS 7.1 out of the box, the BlackBerry Curve will surely make a lot of people happy for a relatively low price.

    As soon as carriers start announcing dates and price details we will be sure to pass them on to you guys!

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