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    by Published on 02-26-2012 12:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    When RIM decided to go all out with tweaking PlayBook OS 2.0, they seem to have called for the help of SwiftKey, one of the most popular third-party Android keyboard developers, to tweak their keyboard.

    How do we find out about this? Well, SwiftKey has openly discussed several Easter Eggs bundled in its autocorrect system: If you type in “Ben”, you'll see the first suggestion is “Medlock,” the SwiftKey’s CTO. It is to be noted that the keyboard adapts to your writing styles over time. If your name is also Ben, and you constantly enter your last name, it will replace “Medlock” at some point with your last name.

    Let's hope to see the split-screen thumb SwiftKey keyboard in a future OS 2.0 update!
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    by Published on 02-25-2012 01:39 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News


    Ever since Mike Kirkup resigned from his post as Director of Dev Relations at RIM, we have been keeping an eye on what his next career move will be via the Mike Kirkup blog. As of yesterday, Mike has officially revealed what he has been hard at work creating - NextUp Labs.

    NextUp Labs provides consulting services for early stage start-ups in the consumer web and mobile space to compliment existing teams. In short, NextUp Labs helps people turn their ideas into great businesses. Mike expands in his introduction:

    "I believe entrepreneurs can use a partner who is directly aligned with their interests every step of the way. So, I created NextUp Labs to fill that role. Instead of accepting a fee for service, we want to help companies by sharing in their success through revenue share and equity."
    I for one think this is a great idea as you don't have to fork our big bucks to take the risk in starting your dream business. I couldn't think of anyone more qualified to work with than Mike, as he was responsible for managing the technical relationships and programs for RIM’s developer community worldwide for several years. Mike is also the Director of VeloCity, a University of Waterloo startup incubator. Be sure to follow NextUp Labs on Twitter for updates, and let us know if you become a partner!
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    by Published on 02-24-2012 02:17 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Twitter exploded last night when official Netflix account @netflixhelps tweeted: "We don’t have any current plans to support Blackberry, including Playbook." BlackBerry fans everywhere decided to send countless amounts of tweets back to Netflix showing their extreme disappointment.

    It became even more of an outage when people started to realize the devices they do support. Gaming devices like the Nintendo 3DS, and the PS Vita, which are not ideal streaming devices, all have Netflix support. The PlayBook and its beautiful 7" display, no luck.

    The response from the BlackBerry community has been so overwhelming that @netflixhelps tweeted this afternoon in response:
    "Generally we want to be on every screen that’s relevant to you. While we don’t support Blackberry today, our plans can change. Thanks all!"
    Hopefully Netflix will see what it could potentially have in the BlackBerry community and release an app for us to enjoy. Until then, my subscription (which I canceled last night) will remain inactive. If you can't support my devices, I can't support you with my money.

    Hey Hulu and Skype, start taking notes before we come after you two as well...
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 11:06 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    The most popular Twitter app on the BlackBerry PlayBook has received an update today that will make a lot of PlayBook users happy. Version 1.6 of Blaq was very solid, but Kisai Labs has decided to bring a lot of requested features to their users and we are pretty impressed to say the least. Check out the change log below.

    What’s new?
    • Portrait Mode
    • Auto-correct and spell check
    • LED notifications
      • New Tweets – White
      • Mentions – Blue
      • DMs – Green
      • Followers: Yellow
    • TweetMarker support – Never lose your spot again! TweetMarker bookmarks your position in any client supporting it (must be enabled in Advanced Options > Services)
    • Toggle Real-time streaming – This has been a HUGE request. Granted. Tap the real-time indicator to toggle.
    • Favorited tweets – Swipe from the top bezel then tap the star
    • Dedicated help section to make it easier to learn the ins and outs
    • Saved Searches – Easily tap the star in your search field to add a new saved search. Tap a saved search then untap the star to remove it. It’s that simple!
    Check out more tips/info at the Kisai Labs blog page.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 04:37 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    The California Attorney General has struck a deal with the world's major app store operators that will see new privacy policy standards put in place. RIM, Google, Microsoft, HP, Apple and Amazon have all agreed to require any software that uses personal information to provide a privacy policy that can be viewed in the store before an app is downloaded. The agreement will bring the various markets in line with the California Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires developers provide such a policy. In addition to providing links to the relevant documents in an obvious and consistent location, the companies will have to offer a simple way for users to report devs that violate the rules.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 04:23 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News

    It looks as though bout between RIM and the government of India may be finally reaching an end. If you remember, this match up goes way back to 2008 when the Indian government demanded access to encrypted BBM traffic. Then in 2010, RIM pulled punches and made a few compromises that dodged a ban. Now, it looks like things are getting a little crazy as RIM is putting 5,000 BES Enterprise servers in the city of Mumbai. Should advocates of privacy be worried? RIM went as far as to say back in Jan 2011 that in no way can they allow encrypted access to the Indian gov:

    "No changes can be made to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys"
    and...

    "There is no possibility of us providing any kind of a solution," RIM VP Robert Crow said to reporters. "There is no solution. There are no keys to be handed."..."It’s not possible to do so because the keys of the service are in possession of the corporate enterprises."
    So were RIM's statements just a bunch of hot air? We don't know for certain yet, but if what is being reported is true, that a "team of officers" have already inspected the new installation and that "permission for direct monitoring" is "expected to be issued," then perhaps RIM will eventually have to hire a team of Indian spies to finally close out this epilogue.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 11:56 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Even with a crazy week of PlayBook OS 2.0 releasing, RIM is still finding time to quietly update some of it's native apps for BlackBerry devices.

    Upon waking up today, I noticed that BlackBerry Travel had been updated to v2.0.40.99, but without a changelog. Likely it's for bug fixes.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 06:52 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    If your a Hockey fan then you will be pleased to know about RIM latest partnership with the NHLPA. RIM has partnered with the National Hockey League Players' Association to bring you a first of its kind, in depth look at the lives of five top NHL Hockey players. The players, Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers), Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks), Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maple Leafs), Martin Biron (New York Rangers) and Michael Grabner (New York Islanders), will all take part in this new video series.

    The new series will depict the players lives on and off the ice, and will be shot using the High Definition video camera of the BlackBerry PlayBook. The NHLPA Players' PlayBook will allow fans to do more than just watch a video. Fans will also be able to "call the shots". There will be a fan poll that will be held every Monday that will determine the "Fan's Choice Video". Question and answer sessions will be held each Wednesday that will allow the players to interact with the fans. To top the week off there will be an " Editors Choice Video", that will show some behind-the-scenes editing, and the editors favorite footage.

    Some highlights include:
    • FAN'S CHOICE VIDEO: Every week an online poll will allow fans to choose what video they would be most interested in watching based on where the players are and what's happening at the time.

    • QUESTION & ANSWER: Fans can ask players questions via the home website or by posting a comment on YouTube. Every week, the players will respond to fan submitted questions and challenges.
    All of this sounds exciting, so if your a Hockey fan this will be the ultimate experience. Make sure you take some time to read the full press release, and visit the official website.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 06:15 AM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    Now that the excitement from the PlayBook OS 2.0 has stabilized its time to get ready for the next big thing. Mobile World Congress is the worlds largest mobile phone trade show. The show held in Barcelona, allows mobile manufactures to provide the public with their latest technology and newest mobile devices. Most every major mobile manufacturer will be there, and among those giants will be RIM.

    Over the past few months there has been talk about RIM possible showing off one of its BB 10 devices. Although this has excited many members within the BlackBerry community, it sounds like this wont be the case. CNN has reported that RIM will not be showing any new hardware, but will be showing off the BB 10 OS. RIM has been trying its best to keeps its new BB 10 devices under wraps, but that has not kept purported leaked images from surfacing.

    Since it seems as though we wont be seeing any new hardware, we can most likely expect so see the new OS depicted on some slides, or maybe even a video. Either way it will be nice to get more information on the BB 10 OS.


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    by Published on 02-22-2012 08:51 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    Following in big brother Bell Mobility footsteps, Virgin Mobile will be launching OS 7.1 tomorrow for the BlackBerry Curve 9360.

    This is a major boost for the device, as it brings Wi-Fi hotspot (up to 5 devices), NFC features, FM Radio and other BlackBerry goodness.

    Likely we will see this update come to us as 7.1.0.219, the same as Bell launched last week.

    Will you be up early to check for this update?

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    by Published on 02-22-2012 01:04 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    With Facebook for BlackBerry v3.0 launching this morning, we had a feeling the Beta Zone wasn't done releasing apps today. Well we were right, Twitter for BlackBerry v3.0 is now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone and brings with it BBM integration. Now, we can all not only annoy our followers with our tweets but we can bug our BBM contacts that don't use Twitter as well.

    What’s New?

    • BBM Connected App Integration
    • New Tweet Layout
    • Twitter Photo Service Support
    • Automatic Link Shortening
    • Promoted Tweets
    • Improved Notifications for Wi-Fi Only Users

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    by Published on 02-22-2012 10:51 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    This is turning out to be a pretty cool week for BlackBerry users as RIM has given us more goodies to try out. Today, the Beta Zone has released an update to Facebook for BlackBerry with its v3.0.0.6. Head on over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone to download the new beta Facebook for BlackBerry.

    What’s New?


    New features of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.0 include:
    • BBM Connected App Integration
    • New Facebook Publisher
    • Share with BBM Contact
    • UI Discoverability Improvements
    • Improved Facebook Notifications
    • User-Friendly Error Messages (This one made me chuckle when I read it)
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 11:43 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    After a very successful BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 launch today, you may still be wondering which of these new apps will work on WiFi or Bridge.

    RIM has been really secretive in the past of what will/will not work when bridged. With the release of OS 2.0, we now can see some knowledge base documentation for Bridge.

    Application Behavior
    App World Wi-Fi connection is required
    Video Chat Wi-Fi connection is required
    Music Store Able to browse catalog. Unable to download or play a sample song.
    Kobo Books Wi-Fi connection is required
    NFB Able to browse the catalog. Unable to play video.
    Bing Maps Unable to find location when indoors.
    Camera Unable to find location when indoors
    General Third Party Applications
    May vary depending if application is specifically requires Wi-Fi.
    Native Email
    ActiveSync acounts are fully supported. IMAP/POP accounts requires Wi-Fi

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    by Published on 02-21-2012 10:33 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    With the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 (#TwosDay) today, BlackBerry users are thrilled as another update makes its way through BlackBerry App World. While I had hoped that the OS 2.0 would trigger a spree of many updates, I wondered if it would actually happen. While this is only one app, it's still a major app as well as the fact that it's only been a few hours between the two. Does this mean more updates our way? We'll have to wait in see. What's new for BBM v6.1.0.70:
    • Animated avatar support
    • Even more emoticons to pick from
    • Double the space for updating your Personal Message
    • Customize the chat bubble colors for each of your contacts
    • Easier way to update your BBM display picture straight from taking a picture
    In the mean time, keep refreshing your BlackBerry App World and download BlackBerry Messenger version 6.1.0.70 today!
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 07:10 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News


    With the recent arrival of PlayBook OS 2.0 to the masses, it would only be safe to assume that RIM would have commercials ready to promote this milestone upgrade.

    Not only do these new commercials highlight features found in OS 2.0, but they also show the many amazing found with the recently updated BlackBerry Bridge & BlackBerry Remote.
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