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    by Published on 04-17-2012 04:34 PM
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    BlackBerry messenger has been updated to version 6.2.0.44 in BlackBerry App World. You should start to see the throughout the course of the day. As with any update through App World it may take some time to reach your device. As always you can always clear your cache performing a ALT +RST.

    Here is whats new with this release:

    • Enjoy a new selection of Animated Avatars
    • Send voice notes more easily back and forth – streamlined voice notes allow you to set your convenience key to BBM, highlight a contact (or while in a chat), press the key, record and send.
    • Simpler way to change your Name and Personal Message – click on profile and start updating inline.
    • Tagging is now even quicker – BlackBerry Tag enhancement allows for automatic invitations and accepting within BBM.
    • Improved Contact Search – search will ignore special characters and emoticons to pull up all relevant contact




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    by Published on 04-17-2012 09:21 AM
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    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    RIM has started to push out OS 2.0.1.358 for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Users should start seeing the update as an OTA soon on their PlayBook. This is actually a nice update that includes, Browser enhancements for certain websites, and improved support for Android apps. This is an update that I think we will all be happy with. Make sure you let us know your findings and fixes.

    According to the Inside BlackBerry Blog BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0.1.358 contains the following updates:

    • Browser enhancements to address performance with some websites
    • Improvements to support Android apps
    • Optimizations to Video Chat, PIM and BlackBerry Bridge applications
    • And much more!




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    by Published on 04-17-2012 06:30 AM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps

    And another one bites the dust. The visual voice-mail company YouMail has decided to part ways with BlackBerry. YouMail was recently updated to version 2.7.8 with many improvements to including the ability to ditch callers, new faster UI, and even completely removed ads from within the app. However despite, all of these improvements and bug fixes CEO Alex Quilici stated the release was "bittersweet", and that they were suspending doing and further work on the BlackBerry app.

    The reasoning behind this decision was that lack of BlackBerry users using the app. YouMail is listed among the top ten app in the productivity section of BlackBerry App World. Still, Quilici mentioned that his company has seen a steady decline with BlackBerry users over the past year. According to Quilici those users have moved to other mobile platforms like the iPhone and Android.

    YouMail has been a popular app among BlackBerry users. However, its exodus from BlackBerry leaves some concerns regarding the user base for BlackBerry apps. RIM has been actively interacting with developers over the past year to expand the native applications for its line of BlackBerry devices, and to provide to them the necessary tools to create high quality apps. Still, will there be enough interest in BB10?

    In the long-run the user base dictates whether or not a company will invest in making apps for a device. RIM may see an increase in independent developers, but what about larger development firms that have multiple apps? Will they see enough financial interest to move or keep developing for BlackBerry devices?

    The good news is that events like BB JAM, will help RIM with developer relations and interest. RIM's upcoming BlackBerry World 2012 is coming up soon and it will be interesting to hear what some of the keynote speakers have to say about the current state of BlackBerry. This is going to be a pivotal year for RIM and its user base, and one can only hope that they will remain faithful to BlackBerry.

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    by Published on 04-16-2012 05:22 AM
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    In an effort to promote and demonstrate NFC capabilities, RIM will be upgrading visitors at Dubai's Mobile Show 2012 to OS version 7.1. Visitors will be able to visit RIM's booth and have their OS 7 BlackBerry device upgraded free of charge. In addition RIM will also be giving away programmable NFC key rings that will allow users to enter their BlackBerry pin and share contact information simply by tapping another NFC enabled key ring. RIM has been actively promoting NFC technology since its adaption last year.

    If you are able to attend the two day conference here are some key highlights:

    April 17th
    • BlackBerry App Developer Masterclass: SanyuKiruluta, Team Lead, Developer Relations, RIM
    • “Why you should create a BlackBerry mobile application for your business” seminar: David Schifman, Director of Developer Marketing, RIM
    • “Near Field Communications”: Mike Al Mefleh, Director of Carrier Product Management, RIM

    April 18th
    • “Why developers should integrate messenger and social integration into their apps”: David Schifman, Director of Developer Marketing, RIM
    • BlackBerry App Developer Masterclass: SanyuKiruluta, Team Lead, Developer Relations, RIM
    • “Enterprise Mobility and Multiple Device Management”: Matthew Hands, Enterprise Channel Manager, RIM; and Robert Varty, Territory Sales Manager, RIM

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    by Published on 04-15-2012 10:41 PM
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    Jerome Carty has been hard at work getting new builds of Blaq out the door as soon as possible and this one is definitely a welcome one. The new version of Blaq, v1.7.2, is now available in App World for download. Check out the change log below:
    Here’s what’s new:

    • Clicking on a tweet in a conversation or tweets list for users opens the tweet in the tweet card
    • Clicking on a user in followers or following opens the user’s profile

    And here are some bug fixes:


    • Retweet failures


    • Search results are sometimes not tappable
    • Search view not rendered properly switching from portrait to landscape
    • Avatars in swipe-down menu are larger than intended
    • Links within DMs are no longer clickable
    • Tweet card showing under search list
    • Mini-browser appears above options
    • T.co links in search
    • Tweet card options menu shows behind tweet card in search
    • Minor bug fixes

    Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of this new version of Blaq!



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    by Published on 04-15-2012 12:28 PM
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    As I've said before, I like Twitter and I'm on it a lot. On BlackBerry, we have some pretty great Twitter clients to choose from (I still believe Twitter for BlackBerry is the best) and a new one has just burst onto the scene.

    Kijamii, by The Jared Company, is possibly the simplest, cleanest Twitter app I've ever seen. Some have said it's a little too simple or boring and while I can't exactly disagree, I do believe this app has great potential for a target audience that simply wants a basic Twitter app.

    Kijamii may have a simple look but it does have every main function of Twitter (including one that a lot of us on Twitter for BlackBerry would love to have), the ability to see which of your tweets has been retweeted. I personally enjoyed my time using Kijamii thanks to the simpleness of it, lack of ads, and overall fast response

    Cons: Lack of push made mentions come in very late (same as my biggest complaint with SocialScope). Also, Since there are a lot of options to choose from, and no tabs, it does take longer than I would personally like to go between Mentions/Tweets/Timeline/My Profile.

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    by Published on 04-14-2012 03:25 AM
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    After failing to maintain their number one spot in their home country in Canada, RIM is now trying to get more markets offshore. Recent news discussed is that they are penetrating other countries, especially in the Middles East, Asia, and Africa in order to get back on track to providing excellent mobile communication services. At the moment, RIM is planning to put up a local retail store which will be set in Dubai as part of their marketing strategy to continue that great impression across the globe.

    This 1, 500 square feet retail store in Dubai is said to be the flagship store of RIM, along with a local partner - Axiom Telecom, are planned across the region as mentioned by the Managing Director of RIM’s Middle East business, Sandeep Saihgal.

    “We’re getting the first one up and running and then we’ll be looking at other cities across the Middle East -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar,” ...


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    by Published on 04-13-2012 07:00 AM
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    It may not be long before BlackBerry users see a reduce or even a removal of carrier fees to use their BlackBerry device. Documents obtained by the New York Times suggest that RIM under pressure, may have to greatly reduce or even remove the infrastructure access fees that it charges carries. This may a leap of excitement for most BlackBerry users, but to RIM it is no leap of joy. Infrastructure access fees account for a large portion of income for RIM and reducing that net income will only add to its current financial concerns.

    These documents that support this claim are actually part of an annual filling to the United States Security and Exchange Commission. In section titled "Risks Related to the Company’s Business and its Industry", RIM states that because of its competitors ability to cover their infrastructure costs in alternate manners " the company is facing greater pressure to reduce its infrastructure access fees."

    In addition to the competition, another contributing factor to reducing the infrastructure access fees may be RIM's next generation superphone. RIM stated that concerns with new products (BB 10) not utilizing the network infrastructure in the same way its traditional devices do could also affect infrastructure access fees. The full statement by RIM says that " the infrastructure access fees charged by the Company may also fall under pressure if the new products it launches do not utilize the network infrastructure in the same way or to the same extent as the Company’s existing products."

    This could mean that the BlackBerry 10 devices may not require an additional fee to access the BlackBerry network. However, what would this mean for BBM? RIM's new BB 10 devices are set to be released in the latter half of this year, and will be based on the QNX based OS that the current PlayBook runs. Even now RIM is struggling with adding BBM to its QNX platform, and it could prove to be an issue with BB 10 devices.

    The infrastructure access fees are great for the consumer, but now it seems as though RIM has another issue to worry about; getting BB 10 to seamlessly integrate with its network infrastructure and be able to run BBM. We saw this issue come up with the initial release of the PlayBook and to date the only way to affectively integrate the PlayBook with any network is through costly software and some hefty upgrades. In addition BBM is still not available on the PlayBook.


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    by Published on 04-13-2012 03:34 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Games



    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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    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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    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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