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    by Published on 04-02-2012 11:39 AM
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    Another time I wish I lived in the U.K. has come around. Pop superstar Jessie J and newcomer Wretch 32 will be performing tomorrow night at a BBM party in London. She's apparently giving away 3 pairs of tickets to 6 lucky BlackBerry/Jessie J fans that retweet the above tweet.

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    by Published on 04-02-2012 11:15 AM
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    The current Facebook for BlackBerry beta app has been updated from v3.0.0.9 to v3.0.0.14 today. Check out below for the complete change log.

    The following fixes have been implemented in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.0 version 3.0.0.14:

    • When Facebook is installed on a device running a language that is not officially supported by Facebook for BlackBerry, but is supported by BB, the app is supposed to default to English.
    • Facebook application uses HTTP links in browser
    • The Facebook server has returned an unknown error and is not able to fulfill your request. (1500)
    • WiLAN event is not being processed correctly when radio is low or changed
    • Unable to close Facebook using back key on 6.0

    Visit the Beta Zone to download the new version of Facebook for BlackBerry.
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    by Published on 04-01-2012 11:06 PM
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    If you've found the time over the last few days to open up BlackBerry App World, you may have noticed that there is a new banner that announces Happy Birthday to RIM's native app storefront. On April 1, 2009 during CTIA's annual trade show, was when App World first launched.

    Over the last 36 months, we've seen App World grow from an initial 1,000 apps to now over 70,000 apps! Not only have we seen the app selection grow, but we've also seen App World become available in several new countries & even introduce carrier billing.

    I was surprise to see that RIM wasn't promoting this milestone more heavily, especially with all the positive/negative press that we've seen since the fiscal results last week.

    When asked via Twitter, Alex Kinsella, Senior Public Relations and Social Media Manager at Research In Motion said:

    Everyone's heads down on BB10 - we'll celebrate then.
    If everyone is working so hard on BB10, will we possibly see App World v4.0 with these devices?


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    by Published on 03-30-2012 11:21 PM
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    We have seen a lot of news about the rise and fall of RIM. Some are happy as they can see how RIM is falling apart even without further investigation, and simply believing in rumors and speculations. Of course, not everyone is affected by the negative news that has been released as they know RIM is still on track and preparing itself to provide a much better services to all.

    RIM is indeed not letting their hopes down at this stage as they still have lots of plans, not only for enterprise customers, but also for consumer markets. I have written an article about price reduction of their smartphone in India, and I know for sure that RIM will reduce BlackBerry Smartphone prices in other countries as this is part of their plans for consumer markets primarily to expand their markets.

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    by Published on 03-30-2012 07:12 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Rumors


    Today I went by my local AT&T store, where they know me as "the BlackBerry guy," and one of the reps said to me, "you know RIM is done with consumers officially now right?" I smiled, pulled out my BlackBerry and went to the Inside BlackBerry post about RIM not leaving consumer markets, which I've now bookmarked, and let him read it. "How come the news is reporting the opposite though?"

    Well it's painfully obvious the slew of bad reporting about RIM's business strategy continues to spread. Unfortunately, it seems aside from tweets and a blog post on Inside BlackBerry, RIM is not really doing much to combat this trend. Major news outlets (not only small blog sites like BGR or techcrunch, we're talking MSN, ABC; etc), are reporting news as if RIM will no longer be making phones for regular people like you and I. The headline grabbing "RIM Surrenders Consumer Markets To iPhone" title was probably the one I hated the most, to be honest.

    After the debacle that occurred yesterday, someone from their PR team should have gotten enough people together to make personal phone calls to all these media outlets today to inform them the actual news: Research In Motion will not be leaving the consumer market.

    True, these news outlets have done a terrible job of fact-checking before getting their articles and radio shows out, but I can't help but wonder why it's still so palpable that RIM is just staying quiet and letting this carry on and snowball.

    With time, all of these people will have to backtrack on their stories. When BlackBerry World comes around and/or when the first BlackBerry 10 device is announced (which will obviously be geared towards the general public), they have to suddenly explain why RIM is making products for consumers again. They will look stupid and their credibility will take a hit.

    Until then though, guess who is going to suffer even more because of this? RIM. If you thought they didn't sell a lot of smartphones in Q4, wait until we see what happens when carrier reps starting going around telling potential buyers that BlackBerry isn't making phones for them anymore, like my AT&T rep did to me. Hopefully this doesn't turn out as bad as the 3-day BlackBerry outage back in October of last year. RIM cannot afford another BB-gate, not now or ever again.
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    by Published on 03-30-2012 11:50 AM
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    Ever since RIM's earnings call yesterday the internet has been a buzz with less than accurate reports about what was talked about. It did not surprise me that there were negative reports, but it did surprise me how inaccurate some of the news sites and blogs reported the call. The underlying issue here is seems to be how RIM is addressing its consumer base.

    Now before we dive into the facts it is important to know that we're talking about two different types of markets here. The Enterprise level market which purchases devices on a large scale, and mostly utilize RIM's proprietary device management software, and the general consumer market which mostly purchase devices for personal use.

    The Truth

    The comments that gave birth to the idea that RIM was "giving up" on its consumer market were taken from RIM's CEO Thorsten Heins when he stated that RIM plans:

    "to refocus on the enterprise business and capitalise on our leading position in this segment. [...] We believe that BlackBerry cannot succeed if we tried to be everybody’s darling and all things to all people. Therefore, we plan to build on our strength.”

    Yes, one could see how these words could translate to RIM giving up on its consumer market However, I think maybe some should have stopped, took a breath, and looked at the big picture before they came to the conclusion that RIM was giving up on its consumer market.

    The facts are RIM is not giving up on its consumer market. In a response to pocket-lint.com RIM's managing director of global sales and regional marketing, Patrick Spence stated that:

    “The claim that RIM has said it will withdraw from the consumer market is wholly inaccurate,"

    Furthermore, RIM's VP Of Developer Relations Alec Saunders responded to the issue with a tweet this morning that stated that the "remarks were wrongly interpreted. We are not leaving the consumer market."

    Enterprise Focus

    Now that we know that RIM is not giving up on the consumer market we can focus on RIM's real focus for the upcoming quarters. The enterprise customers. Let's face, it RIM's bread and butter is not the consumer market. The profits come from enterprise customers that are purchasing things on a larger scale. Here is where RIM's security and device management trump every other product on the market.

    RIM is focusing their energy into something they have been doing right for years. They are expanding their efforts to perfect their core strengths, and their core strengths at this time do not include the consumer market. Will they get there? Maybe. Should they get there? Only time will tell reveal that answer. RIM is going to follow whatever path that is going to generate the most amount of income.

    The Pivot Point

    The pivot point for RIM this year will most certainly be the release of BB 10. This by far will be a game changer in the way both the consumer market and enterprise level markets view RIM. In a way BB 10 has to be a success, it has to deliver, it has to wow and it must be able to cater seamlessly to both markets. RIM delivered on the PlayBook OS 2.0 and they can deliver on BB 10.

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    by Published on 03-29-2012 05:50 PM
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    Today was a rough day for Research In Motion. There wasn't much positive to take away from the 2011 Q4 earnings call in terms of pure numbers but the overall tone of RIM CEO Thorsten Heins definitely suggested the company is in good hands.

    "My impression of RIM on day 2 of being CEO is very different from my impression in week 10". This was pretty much his way of saying "a lot needs to change and I'm sorry if I made it sound like it didn't before." It seems Heins has had time to evaluate the situation and the changes have already begun to take place. With the resignation/retirement of ex-co-CEO Jim Balsillie and other directors from the Board being announced, accountability seems to be the name of the game for this new regime and to be honest, it is quite refreshing.

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    by Published on 03-29-2012 04:11 PM
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    Research In Motion’s former Co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, has stepped down as a Director on the RIM’s Board. He issued the following statement upon the resignation: “As I complete my retirement from RIM, I’m grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding professionals who helped turn a Canadian idea into a global success.”


    David Yach has also announced his retirement from the role as CTO, Software. Jim Rowan, COO, Global Operations, has also stepped down from his position. Research In Motion will now have a great chance to inject new blood into the company and hopefully bring positivity to the forefront.
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    by Published on 03-29-2012 03:45 PM
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    Just ahead of today's earnings call, the BlackBerry Beta Zone has released a new update to the Twitter for BlackBerry app. The new v3.0.0.19 brings one main bug fix to the table: "Stuck on loading when you first enter the app and scroll directly to the bottom." Apparently this version may get the gold treatment soon and be released to the public.
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    by Published on 03-29-2012 03:25 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News

    Some very good news to all BlackBerry fans out there in India as RIM just marked down the prices of some of their smartphones by up to 26%. Sounds great right? According from RIM, they decided to have this discounted price not entirely because they want to be on top again, but rather, to expand the markets across the globe.

    This strategy is a very simple yet an effective way of providing great experience to everyone in India. They have noticed a lot of consumers are younger, so they wanted to make sure that all of them will be able to try and be satisfied with what BlackBerry smartphones can offer. Reducing the price is indeed a risk RIM has to take just to keep up and be available to everybody as much as possible.
    "RIM as a brand has moved from just an enterprise device to as a more consumer device. Be it our services or the product, we have seen a strong uptake by the youth and therefore, to get the devices into more hands, we are cutting the prices," RIM India Managing Director Sunil Dutt said.
    These smartphones are the BlackBerry Curve 8520, Curve 9360, Curve 9380 and Torch 9860. All four handsets were earlier available for Rs 10, 990 Rs 19, 990 Rs 18, 990 and Rs 29, 990 respectively but they can now be purchased by up to 26% so you can enjoy the BlackBerry experience.

    Moreover, Dutt mentioned that RIM aims to further uplift the presence and leverage the demand for BlackBerry smartphones.
    "The focus is not just on reducing prices, but we want to address a larger number of people and give them the overall experience of BlackBerry. We will continue to focus on bringing locally relevant products, services and applications to Indian consumers," he said.
    Even the BlackBerry PlayBook started to be sold at a lower price in December of last year that gave 21% market share in India. It was launched at Rs 27, 990 but can now be purchased for only Rs 13, 990 which is almost more than half of the price.

    If they have done that in India, I am pretty sure that there will come a time RIM will follow suit in other countries, such as Canada, U.S., and other Third World Countries. Looking forward to what RIM can offer in the future. This would only mean that RIM is now reaching the hearts of all consumers by cutting down the prices, but still the same top of the line quality to be able to provide the best smartphone experience to everyone across the nation.

    Would you want this price reduction in your country? I do!



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    by Published on 03-28-2012 10:58 PM
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    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Do you sometimes forget something important or feel like the word is at the tip of your tongue but you really could not remember it? Or are you a type of person who is always in a rush so you put some notes in a piece of paper and get back to it on a later time? Well here is very cool app that suits you, it is called Corkboard by Michal Grala.

    Using this app, you can put some sticky notes on your PlayBook, save it and get back to it on a later time. For you to make sure that you will remember the things that you would like to share to everyone, create a new note, stick it, save it and open it once you are ready to tell it to your friends, relatives and colleagues.

    Not only that, you can also save as many notes and memos as you like and use it as a reference in the future. You can delete them if you feel like the note is not needed any more.

    Its like you are putting some notes to a real corkboard as it does look like it. This is a simple yet very useful and effective app that you can use on a daily basis. So get it now and enjoy!



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    by Published on 03-27-2012 09:21 PM
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    The BlackBerry Bridge has received a tiny, microscopic update today in App World from v2.0.0.25 to .26. Make sure you download it and be patient as the update makes it way to all devices. The update brings bug fixes and it could be fixing the Bridge conflict that inPulse Watch reported a couple of days ago. There's no change log attached to this update so it's all speculation at this point.
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    by Published on 03-27-2012 08:55 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Games,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Okay so this is gonna sound ridiculous, but this game is both incredibly beautiful visually and ridiculously simple all the same exact time. TunnelTilt is a pretty awesome 3D WebGL game that consists of getting a little glowing ball passed all the obstacles in order to make it to the end. Simple right? Try it and you'll see.

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    by Published on 03-27-2012 08:29 PM
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    Patents are so interesting in my opinion. A lot of them never come to fruition in end products but companies love to patent ideas as a just in case measure. This latest patent from RIM has to do with the volume of the speaker going up or down depending on the placement of the BlackBerry on one's ear. The closer you hold it to your ear the louder the speaker volume gets and vice versa.

    Here's how the patent is technically described:
    A degree of seal of an ear about a speaker port may be estimated by detecting touch contact between the ear and at least one touch sensor in fixed relation to the speaker port. The degree of seal is estimated based on the detected touch contact. Based upon the estimated degree of seal, the acoustic output of the speaker may be adjusted. The adjustment may compensate for perceived changes to the quality of the acoustic output resulting from the degree of seal. The at least one touch sensor may be a plurality of touch sensors spaced around the speaker port. Each sensor may have a truncated wedge shape, with a narrow end closest to the speaker port. Upon receipt of user input indicative of a high degree of ear seal, a sample of the sensor(s) may be taken and stored for using during future estimation of the degree of seal.
    Now this patent is old, like 2007 old but there's a chance this could be of some use in the future from RIM.

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    by Published on 03-27-2012 04:00 PM
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    To me, analysts are extremely annoying. Not sure if it's because of the incessant bashing of RIM and BlackBerry or because they tend to change their opinions and be proven wrong so much. Either way, RIM usually has a presentation every year for most of them in which they go over their plans for the upcoming year and other company interests. Usually this occurs around the time of BlackBerry World and since BBW 2012 is right around the corner, most were expecting this presentation to be nearby.

    Today, RIM has announced they will be focusing their time leading up to and the actual BBW 2012 event to the ones that matter the most.
    We decided to make BlackBerry World more focused on customers, developers and partners," RIM spokeswoman Tenille Kennedy said on Tuesday. "We will hold a separate session targeted at the interests of the investment community later this year, once BlackBerry 10 is launched.
    To be honest, with the earnings call tomorrow and the fact that they are probably going to get bashed hard regardless of what the results are, I'm kind of happy that RIM is taking this approach. Let them wait. Let them not know anything exclusive. Shock them and make them eat their words; their "BlackBerry is dead." Way to go RIM.
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