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    by Published on 02-22-2012 06:31 PM
    Categories:
    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    So my fellow blogger and good friend robyntheginger and I were testing out the new video chat app in the PlayBook OS 2.0 today and we found a couple of goodies that needed to be shared.

    Camera view location. We saw that upon pressing on our own camera view and dragging it, we could actually move the location/position of it to any of the four corners of the screen. You do this by simply dragging the view up, down, right, left or even diagonally across the screen. I personally thought that was pretty awesome and a nice little Easter egg that was left for us die-hard BlackBerry users to find.

    [So apparently this isn't new in 2.0 but I still didn't know it was possible] > Pinch to zoom. There's also another little bit of interaction we can have with our own camera views: Pinch to zoom. Pinching in anywhere on the screen will make the view smaller, while pinching out will increase the size of it instead. Some people are a little shy when it comes to seeing themselves on camera or simply want a bigger view of what the other is seeing. In these cases, the pinch to zoom camera view definitely helps.

    As we dig into OS 2.0 more in the next few days/weeks, I'm sure we'll find more and more things to share with you guys. I do wonder what the next little Easter egg will be.
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    by Published on 02-22-2012 05:36 PM
    Categories:
    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    Print To Go is a new feature introduced in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2, which allows you to “print” documents from your computer to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Instead of outputting to a printer, documents are conveniently converted to Adobe PDF files and wirelessly transported to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet where you can easily manage and organize them. You can use Print To Go to “print” any file – including documents, webpages, diagrams and more.

    Here’s a tutorial of how to get started and setup with Print To Go...
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    by Published on 02-22-2012 12:40 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Games,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    [UPDATE] It seems both of these games were made free to PlayBook users compliments of RIM. The titles have been updated to reflect this in App World. No specific reason as to why RIM did this but hey, we're grateful!

    Gameloft has made two of its most popular games, Asphalt 6 Adrenaline HD and Modern Combat 2, available to PlayBook users for free. I personally love A6A. It's a great racing game that's a little more easy to use than Need for Speed which is what's made me like it the most. Make sure you get these games right now because we're not sure how long they will be free for everyone.
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    by Published on 02-22-2012 07:33 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    One update that kind of went under the radar yesterday was an update for the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac OS. This update provides improved BlackBerry PlayBook support and OS 2.0 compatibility. There are also a number of fixed issues as well. So if you have a Mac OS you should make sure that you get this update.

    Here is a list of fixed issues:

    Installation/Connection

    Previously, if you had two BlackBerry devices (smartphones or tablets) connected to the BlackBerry Desktop Software, and you disconnected one device by pulling the USB cable while the other device was synchronizing data, the BlackBerry Desktop Software stopped syncing data with the connected device. (DT 2387805)

    Previously, if you had BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.1 installed on your computer and you installed BlackBerry Device Manager 2.2, when you connected your smartphone or your tablet to your computer, the BlackBerry Desktop Software did not launch automatically. (DT 2055040)

    Pictures

    Previously, if an album in iPhoto had a large amount of pictures (20,000), CPU and memory usage spiked when you opened the BlackBerry Desktop Software. (DT 1042729)

    Previously, if you optimized your pictures to sync to your device, the time stamp was changed. (DT 805107)
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    by Published on 02-22-2012 12:43 AM
    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 09:53 PM
    Categories:
    1. App Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry Devices,
    3. Official OS,
    4. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    5. BlackBerry Software




    By now you have probably heard about RIM's release of the highly anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. For months now, all anyone in the BlackBerry community could do was talk about PlayBook OS 2.0. Rumors and guesses of when it would be released had everyone on their toes, and had others running out of patience. They say good things come to those who wait. Was this the case with PlayBook OS 2.0? Did RIM deliver on what so many have been waiting for? After spending some time with the PlayBook OS 2.0 this is my review.
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 06:38 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps




    With the new release of OS 2.0 today, it also looks like WordPress has officially launched their app for PlayBook. The all new WordPress for PlayBook app allows you to write posts, edit pages, and manage comments on the go. Both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (2.9.2 or higher) sites are supported. Download the app and start blogging on the go in no time.
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    by Published on 02-20-2012 06:37 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Kisai Labs the creative minds behind the popular BlackBerry PlayBook Twitter app Blaq, have added their talents to developing Cloudee. If your're a mac user you will find that this app may be something you have been waiting for quite some time. Cloudee was created to address its creator Jerome Carty, inability to access his Mac's CloudApp account.

    The end results are Cloudee, a CloudApp client for the BlackBerry PlayBook. CloudApp is a Mac application that allows you to share your screenshots, bookmarks, and photos.

    Take a look at some of the apps features and planned features:

    Features:

    - View files from your CloudApp account
    - Download files to your PlayBook from CloudApp
    - Upload new files from your PlayBook to CloudApp
    - View bookmarks right within the app
    - Send files to and empty trash

    Planned features:

    - Post to social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr)
    - Auto-upload screenshots
    - More as they come along

    Keep in mind the app is currently in beta, and is available for those beta testers in Kisai Labs Test Lab.
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    by Published on 02-20-2012 06:29 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    If you're like me and always on the go, MapSearch for BlackBerry PlayBook by Sandsoft may be the app for you! Google Maps allows you the ability to search address around you to find coffee shops, restaurants, and businesses. MapSearch is built with Google Maps V3 Javascript API which makes it manageable for mobile environments. This full screen map application is perfect for finding directions to your desired location. Some awesome benefits of the free app include:
    • Pinch to zoom
    • Address search
    • Dynamic GPS
    • Three map types (map, satellite, terrain)
    • Autocomplete search
    • Traffic and bicycle layer
    Or you can pay $2.99 and get all the features of the free app, plus:
    • Street view (where applicable)
    • Step-by-step directions (driving, walking, biking)
    So the next time you need a map to figure out where exactly you've managed to get yourself lost, like I do on a regular basis, pull out your trusty PlayBook and use MapSearch to guide you.
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    by Published on 02-20-2012 03:53 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



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    by Published on 02-17-2012 06:57 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook


    I'm on Twitter.. A lot. One of the things I like the most about Twitter is the trending topics aspect. In case you're unfamiliar with the concept it's pretty easy. When something "trends" it just means it's being mentioned by a lot of people on Twitter at the same time. Topics can trend locally (city/state), nationally, or even worldwide. Sometimes these topics will be marked by a hashtag (#) to make it easier for people to join in. One of the most common Twitter hashtags for BlackBerry and its users is #teamBlackBerry.

    Along those lines, I was thinking today how we don't really have a name for the date of the launch of OS 2.0. We needed something catchy; something that would grab people's attention and ask more about 2.0. Let's face it, we're all excited about this release and more people need to know about it.

    So in honor of this release, we at BlackBerryOS have come up with the hashtag #TwosDay for the 21st. Seems appropriate, OS 2.0 + Tuesday = #TwosDay. We've tweeted this to BlackBerry and hopefully they will jump on this suggestion but even if they don't use it themselves we will.

    We want all of our readers with Twitter accounts to also join in. On the 21st, tweet your favorite new feature(s) of OS 2.0 using the hashtag #TwosDay and maybe, just maybe we can get it to trend. Happy tweeting #teamBlackBerry!
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    by Published on 02-17-2012 05:23 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    PlayBook OS 2.0 articles are as common as anything right now. All this is due to one thing: BlackBerry has yet to issue an official statement regarding the 21st. Until they do, more and more leaks will be given attention, that's just how it works. This time we have more than just verbal speech to confirm this date, we have a written document! Apparently according to this doc, OS 2.0 will be available at 4:01am, assuming EST. I know I'll be up!

    Usually with pictures like this we would encourage all to take it with a grain of salt, but even with the fact that word "untethered" is spelled wrong, we're pretty sure the date at least is right on. Four days and counting till "Twosday." Maybe it'll catch on...
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    by Published on 02-16-2012 05:53 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    As the release of the PlayBook 2.0 draws closer, we see more and more things relating to it be leaked and officially put up. The latest comes from Best Buy Canada and the fact that they are now showcasing the BlackBerry PlayBook and OS 2.0 on their website. The site highlights all the goodies will be getting on OS 2.0 and Bridge 2.0 next week. I personally love seeing Best Buy get behind the release this much. We saw the Best Buy flyer get leaked yesterday and now the site is up. Very, very cool stuff from Best Buy.
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    by Published on 02-16-2012 12:45 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    We have been waiting to hear an official date for OS 2.0 a really long time from BlackBerry or a RIM employee. Ever since the first whispers of a date were published, it's all been speculation. Today though we got some official RIM confirmation. At the Developing Native Games with the BlackBerry NDK 2.0 Webcast today, Angel Aldana, RIM Manager (Latin America Alliances), confirmed the official date of PlayBook's OS 2.0 launch to be... Tuesday, February 21st! Barring any setbacks, we will have a shiny new OS on our PlayBooks in about 5 days! This is awesome.
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    by Published on 02-15-2012 06:58 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    A survey of 1,000 Canadians was completed by Toronto-based, Solutions Research Group (SRG) showing tablet ownership of the Blackberry PlayBook market share has risen from about 5 per cent of the total tablet market last fall, from 10% to 15%, a major jump that coincides with the company’s decision to slash its price by hundreds of dollars due to widespread discounting by Research In Motion Ltd.

    Even though the iPad held the top spot with a 68% market share - though down from 86% before.

    As it stands, the BlackBerry Playbook with all the sales and the promise of OS2 coming soon, even though the PlayBook was being sold at a loss, renewed sales of the device may be keeping consumers within the RIM fold.

    With all the negativity of RIM, and the often-criticized BlackBerry PlayBook, this is definitely a very good sign that the PlayBook is going in the right direction, and now with a new PlayBook 3G and the much-anticipated OS2.0 software update on the horizon, this couldn't come at a better time.

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