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    by Published on 03-18-2012 11:18 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Games,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    I was originally going to be writing this article an hour ago, when I first downloaded Sketch With Friends. Then I actually started playing it and let's just say that's where my last hour has been spent. Sketch With Friends is a new game similar to that other fruit's game "Draw Something."

    The objective of the game is to try to guess correctly what other people are drawing. The faster you guess, the more points you score. When it's your turn to draw the roles are reversed. The quicker someone guesses correctly what you drew, the more points you get. After 10 rounds the winner is chosen.

    I originally didn't know if it would be worth the $1.99 price tag but after the first game, I was convinced it definitely is. Sketch With Friends is a cross-platform game that pins you against Apple and Android users, as well PlayBook owners and that also brought an extra cool factor.

    Right now, BlackBerry PlayBook users are pretty much dominating this game and hopefully that is evidence to other cross-platform devs that we are worthy of the investment. Make sure you check this game out!

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    by Published on 03-16-2012 04:37 AM
    Categories:
    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    The tutorial below was written by a guest blogger, Julianna, from the Inside BlackBerry Blog. Thanks Julianna for the great tutorial!

    One of my favorite new features in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is the ability to use my BlackBerry smartphone to control my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. This feature is particularly useful when my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is connected to an HDMI-equipped TV. At home, I can control my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet from my couch and have the contents displayed on my TV with the audio output through my home theater system. At a meeting at work, I can apply the same functionality to share documents, web pages, videos, slideshows and more on a large display screen for everyone to see.

    If you haven’t tried this feature already, keep reading to learn how you can do this too!

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    by Published on 03-15-2012 11:45 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook


    And the lucky winner of the BBOS PlayBook giveaway is...


    deerbrass


    Congrats deerbrass! Please check your PM Inbox for details on how to claim your prize.
    Thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned for more device giveaways coming your way. Don't forget to try another chance at winning in our other ongoing site contests!
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    by Published on 03-15-2012 03:37 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    Lemma for PlayBook, one of the best free Twitter apps available to PlayBook owners via the BlackBerry App World at this time, was recently updated to version 1.1.8.

    A while ago, the v1.1.2 update was released, but unfortunately if you did not already have Lemma for PlayBook installed, you weren’t able to download it, at least that was the conclusion that I had unfortunately come to. But now, that has changed! Personally, I am ecstatic. The initial Lemma for PlayBook app that came already uploaded on my PlayBook was, to put it lightly, subpar. I wasn't happy with it in the slightest. While the updates didn't bring everything I was hoping for, the improvements were still significant.

    In v1.1.2:
    • New interface, including new colors, icons and less clutter
    • Scrolling improvements on the timeline
    • Smoother transition between pages
    • Compose Tweet/Reply With Message improvements
    • Added “View In App” functionality, powered by Readability v0.4.4 algorithm
    • New user tutorial to help grasp the unique style Lemma has to offer



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    by Published on 03-15-2012 03:22 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    If you're one of those people that loves to read the news, but hates having to carry around six different newspapers, this app is the one for you. It's allows you to sync up your Google Reader subscriptions right to your PlayBook so whatever you read on your PlayBook is marked on your desktop and vice versa.

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    by Published on 03-15-2012 02:44 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Ever heard of Dolphin Browser for PlayBook? In all honesty, I hadn't, that is until this huge scandal (I use the term lightly) surfaced. Apparently someone, not the developers, submitted Dolphin Browser to the BlackBerry App World and within a day of being accepted, the app was pulled after the developers were shocked to find the app in our App World that they had not submitted.

    After many disgruntled PlayBook users roared in protest after the brief stint in our App World which caused many users to fall in love with its Webzine and gesture-enabled mobile browser, it luckily was quickly added right back in (this time with the approval of the developers).

    Some of the other fun features that come with downloading this app include:
    • Gesture - personalize symbols you write with your finger on the screen that automatically take you to your favorite websites
    • Webzine - No ads, fast web page loading, simplified reading on mobile content (websites, blogs, news, etc.)
    • Speed Dial - With a single touch, visit your favorite sites
    • Tabbed browsing - Toggle between web pages super fast
    • SideBars - Making the best of mobile interface



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    by Published on 03-15-2012 02:32 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Raise your hand if you didn't think this was coming? No one? Okay good. It's been fairly obvious to many that RIM is trying to unite all their device OSes into one single operating system that crosses whatever form factor they may be on.

    We all knew that the PlayBook Tablet OS was a stepping stone for the future release of BlackBerry 10. Naturally this would mean that the PlayBooks themselves would also be a part of that future joined OS family.

    Research In Motion VP of product management, Rob Orr, recently told TechRadar, "We've said publicly a number of times that our first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and that's still firmly the case. At some point after the launch we'll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks, yes"

    Now this is pretty huge. I mean we started with OS 1.0 then we got OS 2.0 and we know we'll be getting OS 2.1 or maybe 3.0 (depending on what they call it) and now we'll be getting a fourth OS on our devices that will be the "revolutionary one". BlackBerry OS 6 smartphone owners understand how important it is to be able to have a device that brings with it multiple future major OS upgrades.

    We still don't know everything that's in the works for BlackBerry 10 but it definitely sounds like we got some good things coming to those of us with a PlayBook as well.


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    by Published on 03-13-2012 02:44 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    A few days ago we found out that the BlackBerry Mini keyboard was available for pre-sale. Now this nice little keyboard is available at ShopBlackBerry.com for select locations worldwide. We have been waiting quite a while now for an official keyboard to come out from RIM, and first heard about it at the BlackBerry Innovation forums in Washington DC late last year.

    Bluetooth devices have been a hit or a miss when it comes to solid connectivity to the PlayBook so I am looking forward to this one that is designed by RIM. The keyboard is actually pretty feature rich. Here are some highlights taken from the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog . You will want to check out the video at the end as well.

    Multi-touch Control

    BlackBerry Mini Keyboard comes equipped with a touchpad to allow you to navigate your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Tap the touchpad to simulate a mouse click, tap with two fingers to right-click, and scroll vertically using a two-finger up or down swipe. These gestures make it a breeze to get up and running and begin interacting with the device as well as apps like the Citrix Receiver.

    Ultimate Portability


    The portability of the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with the convertible case provides a mobile computer solution that’s easy to take with you. An added benefit is the screen real estate available to you when using the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

    Security and Power

    BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is designed to connect via Bluetooth® to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and features 128-bit encryption to help keep the connection secure. You can charge your BlackBerry Mini Keyboard using your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charger to keep things simple and remove any need for extra wires and equipment. But that’s not even the best part – the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard can last up to 30 days on a single charge depending on your usage!The keyboard working along with the Citrix Receiver enables users to have their desktop any place at anytime.


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    by Published on 03-12-2012 07:53 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Games,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    One of the coolest free games I've come across so far on the PlayBook is Run In Crowd. The concept is simple: run, jump and avoid obstacles alongside other players from other platforms. You read that correctly, this app is cross-platform so iOS and BlackBerry users are all playing together. Aside from that, you can actually customize your little guy (I wonder what his name is) if you buy a costume (.99 cents per outfit).

    All in all, this game is addictive and as soon as I got the hang of the jumping it became a must have! The best part about it, it's free! Great free games are hard to come by so I'm super excited about this one.

    Official Game Description:
    "Run In Crowd" is a game where you race alongside other players in a new world each day.Tap to jump and double-jump. Longer you tap, higher your runner jumps. Avoid obstacles and try to run longer distance than other.

    Features:

    • Multiplayer - you race alongside other players
    • Level generation - you run in a new world each day
    • Simple and addictive gameplay with simple controls





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    by Published on 03-12-2012 04:09 PM
    Categories:
    1. App Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    In Dummy Jake, you control a robot that is falling in the air by tilting your device and using two special controls to try and get the best score you can. But be careful, Jake is running out of battery so pay attention to the lap time of each level. Feel the thrill of the fall by passing through fire rings, avoiding asteroids, and grabbing goodies along the way!

    Controls are easy to use; one part of the screen is dedicated to the maneuver button and the other part to the nitro button. Use maneuvers to skillfully dodge the obstacles, and turn on your nitro to rush from one power up to another. You can also challenge your friends to get the highest Dummy Rank ever and earn your name on the World Dummies leaderboard!

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    by Published on 03-12-2012 03:56 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Try the ultimate retro style message scroller and animation player for your BlackBerry PlayBook. This application features an ultra realistic looking LED dot matrix screen capable of displaying scrolling messages and animations in 16 vibrant colors. You can also show messages in mirrored format for people to read in their rear view mirror, and play built in animations or your own creations.

    Version 2.1 adds new and exciting features as well as bugfixes:

    • Clock Mode
    • News Ticker Mode
    • Improved renderer
    • Many UI fixes
    • The best of all: Screamager is only $0.99 cents! Try it now!


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    by Published on 03-10-2012 04:37 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps

    I can't think of another toy I used to love to play with more than my RC car back when I was little. It was just plain and simply great, that's why when I saw the above video, it took me back. Apparently this developer has been able to make it so that his PlayBook not only controls an RC car but can also view what the RC car is seeing. If that's not the definition of cool, I'm not quite sure what is. He had the following to say in the youtube video description:
    Robot controlled and monitored from within the application on the BlackBerry playbook.Communication via the WiFi interface. Robot and playbook work in a shared WiFi network from the terminal BlackBerry 9900 with OS 7.1.0.267.
    I wish I was smart enough to do it myself, but alas I'm not so I'll have to conform to watching cool videos with funky background music like this one.


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    by Published on 03-09-2012 09:50 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Accessories



    The mythical PlayBook keyboard that we've heard so much about is finally getting ready to be launched. You can now pre-order the official Bluetooth keyboard via the Source for $99. The price once it launches will apparently be $119 so you get to save $20 if you pre-order. The keyboard will be shipping March 23rd, 2012. Below are some of the features this awesome keyboard will offer:

    Powerful multi-touch control

    • Use the touchpad to navigate and control PlayBook

    Portable productivity

    • View 100% of your screen while typing
    • Three products in one – keyboard, integrated touchpad and case
    • Easy to carry – same size and shape of BlackBerry PlayBook,
    • Improved Data Entry- The touchpad enables greater precision and improved navigation

    Powered and ready when you need it

    • Charge your keyboard with your PlayBook charger
    • Keyboard will last up to 30 days on a single charge!

    Keep your data protected

    • Features 128bit encryption

    There you have it! Are you on board with the Bluetooth keyboard or are you happy just using the BlackBerry Remote feature?


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    by Published on 03-09-2012 05:21 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    4. BlackBerry Apps



    The Game Developers Conference is currently underway in San Francisco and a couple of interesting things have been popping up, even from RIM. The above picture was taken by the guys over at SemiAccurate and it apparently shows a BlackBerry Torch 9850/60 being used as a controller on a game played with the PlayBook.

    We're assuming this is possible through the Bridge app and a bit of magical engineering added to it as well. Nevertheless, this could bread an entirely different side of game on the BlackBerry PlayBook in the near future. Hopefully we'll get more info about this in the coming days.


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    by Published on 03-07-2012 05:58 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Groovy Notes, by XLabz Technologies, works just like your personal diary right from your BlackBerry PlayBook! Use Groovy Notes is a valuable tool for managing notes, lists, audio recordings, plans, messages, agendas and other details on the go. It is your ticket to getting your life, be it personal, work or social, better organized. Groovy Notes leverages the ease of use of a diary by employing the capabilities of your BlackBerry Playbook such as the ability to record voice notes and touch gestures to navigate between views.
    Features added in V1.2.1:

    • View your notes in both Portrait and Landscape modes
    • Read-only and edit modes
    • Password Protection
    • Ability to record audio files of longer duration
    • Improved Calendar: Choose a date from the calendar to view notes for that date alone

    Please let us know if you installed Groovy Notes for BlackBerry PlayBook and what you think of this application by posting a comment!

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