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    by Published on 04-18-2012 04:27 PM
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    S4BB Limited has released an all new application; App Task Manager for BlackBerry Smartphones. This handy utility application shows the user all the apps that are currently running. Even the apps that run silently in the background are shown in App Task Manager. Once opened, the user will get detailed information on the running apps like name, version, space and much more.

    App Task Manager Features:

    • Lists all applications that are running
    • Check information like name, version, vendor and more.
    • Control how much space each of your apps takes up in your device.
    • Know exactly what is running on your phone.
    • Switch to a running app to close it with just one click

    App Task Manager is available for just $0.99 via App World:



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    by Published on 04-18-2012 03:58 PM
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    Looking for some incredible networking opportunities? I would recommend you get to Orlando before the main event starts and book yourself a spot to the BlackBerry Appy Hour TweetUp the BlackBerry Information Exchange! These events, taking place before and during the conference, are going to have some hardcore BlackBerry devs and fans alike to expand your network of BB addicts. These types of meet-ups are also a great way to break the ice and start a 3 day bender... I mean conference. Continue reading to see all the juicy details on where, and how to make it to these events. And be sure to leave us a comment if you're attending so you can meetup with the BBOS team!

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    by Published on 04-18-2012 03:06 PM
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    To all our BlackBerry fans in India, the moment that you have been waiting for has finally arrived. The new BlackBerry Curve 9220 is now available! The rumor has come to an end as the addition to the OS 7 smartphones has been launched today. Surely, our BB fans in India are very much excited to get this amazing, unique and affordable smartphone. Check out the below press release for more information and be sure to let us know if you will be picking up one of these smartphones!

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    by Published on 04-17-2012 05:03 PM
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    It has been a busy day for updates even BlackBerry Desktop Software is getting some love as version 7.0 bundle 59 has made its way to the Beta Zone. Yes, we know it has been a while since an update has been available for the Blackberry Desktop Software, but that does not mean RIM has forgotten ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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