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    by Published on 06-06-2012 06:06 PM
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    If you've been waffling on getting a BlackBerry Playbook, now may just be the time to pull the trigger. Research In Motion may be discontinuing the 16 GB Playbook. The 16GB was my first Playbook purchase but I did quickly find myself running out of room with the addition of movies and ...
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    by Published on 06-01-2012 11:15 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
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    No, that's not an app that you see above. Although it may not look like what you were expecting, that's actually a screenshot of Twitter's mobile site on BlackBerry. Pretty cool right?

    Twitter has had this HTML5 site up for a little bit but I found it interesting that not a lot of people know how well it actually works. Now, personally, I wouldn't replace the Twitter for BlackBerry app with the mobile site permanently as it still lacks certain functions of an app (notifications, shortcuts; etc), but if you're not a hardcore Twitter user and just feel like logging in once in a while, it's possible the mobile site may be your best bet.

    The Twitter mobile site has a lot of the same functionality as the Twitter for BlackBerry app. The interface is extremely fluid and responsive and, depending on your data connection, it's pretty fast as well. Unfortunately it does lack certain features. For example, you can't see who's retweeted/followed you in the Connect tab, which I found really interesting since this is possible on the desktop site.

    The Twitter mobile site on the PlayBook is in essence the same with the layout being slightly different to accommodate a larger screen. The same fluidity and smoothness applies and for someone that doesn't necessarily want to buy a Twitter client app on the PlayBook, the mobile site can be incredibly useful.

    I'm very happy that Twitter has made this mobile site available as it brings another alternative for mobile users of any platform to use their services. HTML5 is here and it's here to stay for quite some time. We're lucky that our devices are great and our future BB10 devices are going to be amazing at rendering HTML5 content. That's a huge plus for BlackBerry and something we ought to be proud of. Not everyone can say the same.
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    by Published on 05-31-2012 02:10 PM
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    PlayBook developers all over the world have been dying to get their hands on the next OS update of our beautiful tablets. As promised by PlayBook Product Manager, Michael Clewley on Twitter a few days ago, OS 2.1 has officially been released by RIM as a beta exclusively for developers only. What does this mean for the rest of us mere mortals? Well it simply means we wont be able to get our hands on it just yet. Not to fear though, this is all for a good reason.

    This release is specifically meant for developers to be able to run and test their apps on them before the public gets a hold of it at a later (and hopefully not too long from now) date. This helps ensure that all our favorite apps are compatible and are able to run smoothly on the next implementation of the OS that gets released publicly.

    What's New

    • Improved HTML5 support (Browser HTML 5 Score 391+10 Bonus Points)
    • Each Android app will now run in its own window. This greatly improves the user experience and consistency among the other application runtimes.
    • Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps, allowing many more application types to work on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
    • In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK, so Android applications can include virtual items for sale in their applications.
    • Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
    • Improved folder support including IMAP folder support

    If you're a developer and want to be able to load this puppy up, head on over to the registration/sign up page here and get enrolled.

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 01:53 PM
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    And the games just keep on rolling in for the BlackBerry PlayBook in App World. Now, Rope Rescue joins the party and we're pretty sure PlayBook owners are gonna love this game. Highly addictive and interactive, Union3d did a great job with this game. The price tag of $4.99 may turn some off, but if you like having a good collection of games on your PB, it's definitely worth the money.

    Game Description

    Drag a length of rope through a series of gears, and then finally attach it to the cage to release your friends. Pesky enemies, fire, and other rope-wrecking obstacles threaten feathered freedom. Collect butterflies on the way for special bonuses, and try use as little rope as possible for maximum points.

    • Rope Rescue HD Highlights
    • Puzzling levels will keep you wrapped up for hours.
    • Addictive gameplay with multiple solutions for each level will have you playing for hours.
    • Avoid flying knives, fire cannons and of course the evil bats.
    • Collect or purchase butterflies to unlock later levels or provide hints to help you on your adventure.
    • Visit the bird sanctuary to see the cute baby birds you have rescued.


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    by Published on 05-30-2012 01:02 PM
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    All you bloggers and writers out there will be quite happy to know that WordPress has updated their BlackBerry smartphone and Andr... PlayBook apps today. The biggest change is for the smartphone app going from v1.5.1 to v1.6 as it introduces a refresh UI, a couple of a new features and a lot of bug fixes.

    The PlayBook update up to v2.1.2 from v2.1.1 is relatively small, but if you're like me and need to keep everything current, you will want to get this one as well.

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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 06:05 AM
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    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 05-26-2012 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 05-22-2012 05:54 PM
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    Earlier this year Alec Saunders caused quite the stir when he mentioned that RIM was considering removing the ability to side-load. He quickly cleared things up with a blog post regarding the issue, explaining that RIM would be taking some steps to help minimize piracy. Earlier this week RIM's Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog posted some key points regarding the PlayBook OS 2.0.1 and its built-in protection for developers. The constant battle of piracy has plagued just about every developer and have left company's like RIM as their wits-end just trying to figure out how to combat it.

    For any company to say that its main goal is to eliminate piracy, is just plain silly. Unfortunately piracy is here to stay. However, they can do things to minimize piracy. RIM like other companies have developed ways that make it harder for users to pirate developers apps.

    With the PlayBook's OS 2.0.1 RIM has developed some application protection in hopes that it will slow down the steady stream of piracy. RIM has added a couple new features like the linking of BlackBerry ID's to backup files. This prevents the sharing of backup files between users. RIM has also added the encryption of backup files. RIM is taking the right steps to insure that developers get treated fairly. Make sure you head on over to the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog for more information.


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    by Published on 05-22-2012 09:57 AM
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    Gaming on the PlayBook has just got a little nasty with Gameloft's newest title. 9mm has a Max Payne like, slow motion bullet-time feel with a dip of Grand Theft Auto crudeness. Although it's "M" rating lets us know that this game isn't intended for little "johnny",
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    by Published on 05-21-2012 05:51 AM
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    Ingram Micro Inc., the worlds largest technology distributor, has reached a deal with RIM to distribute the BlackBerry PlayBook to re-seller partners in the UK.

    It has been a bit of a rocky road between consumers and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, but BlackBerry has still maintained a very strong presence in the business market. RIM's BlackBerry devices are still the choice among many organizations in which security and mobile communications are paramount.

    The BlackBerry PlayBook has been a step up in many organizations ability to be more productive via cloud services. RIM's UK managing director Stephen Bates said that “Our agreement with Ingram Micro will allow us to broaden and enhance our distribution of the BlackBerry PlayBook. We are leveraging our strengths in communications, social integration and productivity with their strengths in unified communications, software solutions and overall channel reach,” This is no little deal Ingram Micro, has local sales offices in 26 countries, has over 105 distribution centers worldwide, represents over 1,300 vendors, and is the only global broad-based IT distributor in Asia. This kind exposure and distribution is exactly what RIM needs for the PlayBook.

    Ingram Micro also has a dedicated team that is focused on unified communications, and cloud business development managers. This makes it an ideal fit for the PlayBook as it fits in well with Microsoft Office 365. “Ingram Micro is once again providing a solid, expansive offering to meet the needs of resellers, Our continued growth in the telecommunications segment and the ongoing convergence of software and mobile technologies, enhanced with the inclusion of Microsoft Office capabilities on BlackBerry smartphones and the addition of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to our product portfolio, is driving BlackBerry as a strong platform for mobile users of Microsoft Office 365.” said Matt Sanderson, managing director at Ingram Micro.

    RIM is looking to push the PlayBook even more into its enterprise market and this new move will do just that. The PlayBook is expected to become even more desirable later on this year as it will be compatible with RIM's much anticipated, BB 10 platform.


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    by Published on 05-17-2012 10:39 PM
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    XIMAD Inc, the creators of games like Bubble Birds, Brain Cube and others, have decided to give all PlayBook owners a little love with a pretty cool discount. For a limited time, 12 of their most popular premium games have been reduced to $0.99 a piece. Not a bad price to pay for these awesome games.

    Which one is your favorite XIMAD game?

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    by Published on 05-17-2012 05:22 PM
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    We've known that BlackBerry 10 will be making its way to the BlackBerry PlayBook since BlackBerry World two weeks ago. The thing is, all the excitement of the BlackBerry 10 demos from the keynote, the Dev Alpha device and all the hype surrounding the Cascades SDK being given to developers made this little tidbit kind of fall between the cracks and go a little unnoticed.

    Today, @BlackBerryDev sent out the above tweet as a reply to a question about Cascades/BB10 on the PlayBook and it served as a little reminder to us. This obviously put a smile on a lot of people's faces that had maybe forgotten about this cool fact.

    Our BlackBerry PlayBooks, which for many users are over a year old, are so solid in terms of hardware, that they will be able to run BlackBerry 10 without any problems. How cool is that? No need to buy anything. All you have to do is make sure you don't break it while we wait.
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    by Published on 05-17-2012 03:45 AM
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    While this type of OS application isn't too practical, the PlayBook is shown in this video running the Windows Phone 7 operating system. We have already seen the PlayBook running Android operating systems you can see in a demo video.

    Update: We have found out that this is just a online demo of the Windows Phone 7 OS that the user is scrolling through on the PlayBook browser. Sorry to disappoint fans of the WP7.

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    by Published on 05-15-2012 02:59 PM
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    4. BlackBerry Software


    At BlackBerry 10 Jam, Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development at RIM, spoke on what's possible with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform and what's coming for BlackBerry developer communities. In the video, Alec also talks about certain myths that are being portrayed on the BlackBerry developer experience, and he also invites a few partners to the stage for BlackBerry 10 demos. Hit the link below for a more complete list of BB 10 app demos.

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