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    by Published on 05-13-2012 06:44 PM
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    A couple of weeks ago during BlackBerry World 2012 attendees were given a look at some of the new BlackBerry 10 features. Among those new features that wowed the crowd was the new gesture-based, predictive text touchscreen keyboard.

    It is not very often that we reference anything Apple related, but BBOS member DownForce let us know in the forums that, BlackBerry users aren't the only ones excited for this new innovative new feature from RIM. iPhone users could see a clone of RIM's new gesture based predictive type keyboard as early as next week. The jailbreak tweak application Octopus will allow iPhone users to use the keyboard that most Blackberry users are only dreaming about now.

    The Octopus keyboard has features that include, automatically learning new words as you type, custom completion engine, and multi-language support. Sound familiar? If not you will want to take another look at the BlackBerry 10 Sneak Peek Video we posted not too long ago.

    This will be interesting to see how RIM responds to this as it is a jailbreak tweak and not mandated by Apple in any way. So the developer behind Octopus keyboard may find themselves in hot water within the next few weeks.

    What do you think about this? Sound off in the forum.



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    by Published on 05-06-2012 10:53 PM
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    The homescreen experience is possibly the most underrated part of any OS. It's the most viewed and frequented area that any smartphone user has. It seems BlackBerry 10 will completely look different in this aspect from what we've grown accustomed to with the current line up of devices. And we're kind of excited about it, to be honest.

    The BlackBerry 10 homescreen will feature the last four running/used apps for easy access to whatever you utilize the most at that time. This is huge for people that are constantly needing to access certain key areas of their phones at only specific intervals. Absolutely brilliant in my opinion.

    The unified Messages inbox also looks awesome. It brings together the familiarity of the BlackBerry Messages app will still giving it that new lift that it has so desperately needed.


    The Media Player on BlackBerry 10 will also be improved. A smart feature has been added which will make that experience much more enjoyable.

    We can also see that the video chat integration will be much deeper as well. It'll be part of the "Call Logs" (rightfully so) and be easily accessible as well.



    Last but not least is the Clock UI on BB10. The redesigned clock looks amazing and defiinitely shows such attention to detail that we simply couldn't be more impressed.

    So what do you think? Do you like the direction RIM is taking their BlackBerry 10 OS?
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    by Published on 05-06-2012 10:46 PM
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    One of the things many of us have complained about the PlayBook is the lack of media editing capabilities, with video, pictures; etc. Research In Motion recently purchased a company called J-cut and have apparently been putting them to work.

    Pictured above is the video editing software that will be coming to BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the PlayBook as well. Not much can be gathered from one specific slide but it's great knowing that all of these acquisitions that RIM has made are being put to great use.
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    by Published on 05-06-2012 10:34 PM
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    When it rains, it pours and we're not done sharing information with you guys. Another leaked slide that's made its way onto the CB Forums, has to do with screen sharing capabilities on BlackBerry 10.

    Think about how Skype or G+ video chat allow you to show the other person what you see on the screen. That's the idea behind this concept slide and frankly we're ecstatic about it.
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    by Published on 05-06-2012 10:16 PM
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    I've been hearing about this lock-screen on BlackBerry 10 for about as long as I can remember and finally some pictures have leaked. These BlackBerry 10 slides show us what it will be like to use future BlackBerry devices when it comes to locking/unlocking and reading notifications when a device is idle.

    Apparently, to unlock the device, one will simply have to swipe up from the bottom bezel (no more unlocking from bezel to bezel it seems), or actually press the unlock/lock button.




    My favorite leaked slide has to be what's being called "Cinnamon Toasts." When a BB10 device receives a new message and is picked up the screen will automatically turn on and display a small part of the new notification. Upon tilting it more, it will show a little bit more of the message, and so on and so forth.

    The security features will take precedent though if a password is enabled and the toasts features will not work if that's the case unless the phone is unlocked.

    I am absolutely loving what I am seeing from BlackBerry 10 so far. What do you think?
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    by Published on 05-06-2012 09:49 PM
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    CrackBerry has gotten their hands on a couple of concept user interface pictures for the future builds of Twitter and Facebook for BlackBerry. As you can tell in the picture above, these are being displayed on a Dev Alpha device, so it's safe to assume these concepts are for the BB10 platform.

    We've been hearing though, that these interfaces might be making their debut long before BlackBerry 10 hits. With respects to Twitter for BlackBerry specifically, many of you know how much a new, revamped, and more connected UI is needed and odds are we'll be getting it soon.

    The BlackBerry Beta Zone has actively been working on getting new updates for our most popular apps and these two new interfaces are definitely in the plans. Check below for more pics!


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    by Published on 05-06-2012 06:30 PM
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    We knew little by little the Dev Alpha device would give us some hidden secrets about the future of BlackBerry, including the BlackBerry 10 OS. What we didn't know was that this device would also give us some info as to the future hardware for BlackBerry devices as well.

    Well today, J. Duke from OSBB, has dug up some great info from the Dev Alpha device's viewable file system. Here are some future BlackBerry device code names that he found.

    • # R044 – Nevada 0x8400270A,1
    • # R051 – Winchester2 LTE 0x0c001a06,1
    • # R052 – Winchester2 HSPA+ 0x0d001a06,1
    • # R053 – Winchester2 LTE HSPA+ 0x0e001a06,1
    • # R061 – Colt 0×04002307,1
    • # R072 – London 0×04002607,1
    • # R073 – Blackforest 0×04002706,1
    • # R084 – Nashville 0x8500270A,1
    • # R085 – Naples 0x8600270A,1

    Some of these names are a little familiar to us (Colt, London; etc) but others are not. It's possible that the Winchester2 code name could represent the 3G/4G PlayBook variants. Logically this would make sense.

    The last two, Nashville and Naples, are definitely intriguing to say the least as well. Could these be the mythical slider and full QWERTY BB10 devices? I get a feeling they very well could be.

    What kind of devices are you hoping to see when BlackBerry 10 finally comes out?
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    by Published on 05-01-2012 06:14 AM
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    It has been a strange couple of days for RIM, as they have been stuck in the middle of controversy once again. This time being blamed for a flash mob outside an Apple store in Sydney Australia. It was rather interesting how this one played out. Initially it was Samsung who was said to be behind the strange "Wake Up" campaign. However, Samsung publicly denied it stating that " Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with the 'Wake-Up Campaign".

    So who could it be? BBOS member DownForce pointed out in a forum post that RIM was now being blamed for the "Wake Up" protest, and pointed to and article that showed why. Some digging around by an associate at Macworld Australia showed that the websites sources code pointed to RIM's AU website. Sounds, like RIM got caught with their pants down on this one.

    Furthermore, RIM has since issued a statement saying they were indeed behind the Australian "Wake Up" campaign. Richelle Gillett, the Account Director from Spectrum Communications for BlackBerry has issued the following statement:

    “We can confirm that the Australian ‘Wake Up’ campaign, which involves a series of experiential activities taking place across Sydney and Melbourne, was created by RIM Australia. A reveal will take place on May 7th that will aim to provoke conversation on what ‘being in business’ means to Australians.

    Strange, embarrassing, awkward may all be appropriate words to describe RIM's latest advertising campaign, but it does lead us to another question. What is this "Wake Up" campaign for? There is a web site associated with this campaign that simply has a count down timer to May 7 in which RIM is apparently going to make a big announcement. RIM has mentioned that the announcement will aim to provoke conversation on what "being in business" means to Australians, one has to wonder why would they make something business like so exciting.
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    by Published on 04-27-2012 06:59 PM
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    And the pictures continue to roll in. This time CrackBerry posted a couple of pictures of what appears to be the Alpha device we keep hearing about so much. The device is gorgeous and it apparently looks exactly like a smaller version of the PlayBook (as we were told it would). Now these pictures haven't been confirmed by RIM but I have a feeling it is the real thing.



    Not sure why, but the leaked pictures triggered in my memory this old picture of the back-then unreleased Torch 9850/9860 and the look of his hands specifically (weird, I know). I have feeling this gentleman has leaked both pictures and that the device pictured above is real. May be a stretch but only a few days till we know for sure.
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    by Published on 04-23-2012 04:58 PM
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    Seems as though "something wonderful" is coming to the PlayBook tomorrow. RIM's head of Head Of Gaming Category Anders Jeppsson, let everyone in on a little nugget of information this afternoon as he told followers to charge their PlayBook's, get a full night's rest, because something wonderful is about to happen.
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    by Published on 04-19-2012 07:00 AM
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    Research In Motion is looking for connections in the business world. Whether that is through partnerships, financial advisers, or other means has yet to be seen. This morning, Bloomberg is reporting that RIM is close to bringing on JPMorgan Chase & Co. to help analyse the company strategic options and where their next step should be.

    According to their unnamed source, "RIM would prefer to license its BlackBerry mobile operating system," even though they are "racing to put the final touches on a new platform, known as BB10, and release the first smartphone built on the software later this year."

    A decision about a possible deal with JPMorgan could be officially announced within the next few days, but with BlackBerry World less than two weeks away, we wouldn't be surprised to see/hear the announcement pushed back until after the event.
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    by Published on 04-18-2012 05:16 PM
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    I love the Beta Zone, it's no secret. I think it's been extremely underrated over the last year or so and is quite frankly one of the few things RIM has done correctly. Today, RIM has sent out an email announcing the split of the Beta Zone that will be coming very soon. The split will be separating the enterprise and consumer based beta apps into two separate sites. This is definitely a welcome change for Beta Zone employees and users alike.

    Also, according to our little sources, the new Beta Zone will have a different look and feel. It will be more along the lines of a blog and will be a lot more user-friendly for those of us that frequent it. The new sites are rumored to be launching next Tuesday (#TwosDay!), April 24th.

    Check out the email from the BlackBerry Beta Zone below!
    BlackBerry Beta Zone has grown significantly since its launch nearly three years ago and we are pleased to inform you that it will be evolving soon to better suit both consumers and business members who participate regularly in BlackBerry beta programs. BlackBerry Beta Zone will soon have a brand new sub-site, BlackBerry Beta Zone for Business, focusing on beta programs for business software and services. BlackBerry Beta Zone for Business will offer:

    Business specific beta programs and content
    An improved mobile browsing experience
    Updated community features
    The update is expected to occur in the coming weeks and requires no action on your part. While logged into BlackBerry Beta Zone for Business, you will be able to access all your business beta programs on behalf of your organization. Your existing BlackBerry Beta Zone account remains valid for consumer beta programs as well.


    After the update, the URLs for BlackBerry Beta Zone will be as follows:

    BlackBerry Beta Zone – Business: www.blackberry.com/businessbeta
    BlackBerry Beta Zone – Consumer: www.blackberry.com/beta


    Once logged in to either site, switching between business and consumer is simple, seamless, and will not require another login.


    We are very excited for the changes coming to BlackBerry Beta Zone and we look forward to your continued participation in BlackBerry beta programs.


    Should you have any questions, please reply or contact us at enterprisebeta@rim.com.


    Best regards,


    BlackBerry Beta Programs
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    by Published on 04-16-2012 08:08 AM
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    This morning I woke up to an awesome little tip that got my day started off right. Apparently in the wee hours of the morning, BlackBerry has released a ton of free apps for the, still unreleased, Curve 9220.

    Now we've seen a lot of specs talk when referring to the 9220 and while it's not the sexiest BlackBerry to date, we feel it'll still be a huge asset to maintaining RIM's dominance in the world's developing countries market. These 8 free apps aren't a huge deal but it's definitely nice to see RIM step up and give these new Curve owners a few cool apps to get started for free.

    Thanks for the tip Ashley!

    [UPDATE] In terms of release date, we keep hearing April 18th as a possible announcement/release date in India. Obviously, only time will tell how accurate these rumors turn out to be but it's safe to say some of you guys will be able to enjoy the 9220 very, very soon!

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    by Published on 04-12-2012 06:39 PM
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    If you get queasy easily please do not look at the above picture. It's true, the sight of what looks like a BBM app running on what's probably an Android device makes me nauseous and I'm sure many of you feel the same way. Unfortunately today, this pic has been leaked by Techno Buffalo. According to their source, BBM will be making its way to iOS and Android by the end of the year as a part of Mobile Fusion, which we could definitely see happening. It would be yet another tool that RIM could leverage and flex as a reason for Mobile Fusion to be endorsed.

    Details are obviously scarce and since we haven't had a rumor like this pop up in some time, it's good to not panic and take all of this with multiple giant, enormous grains of salt.


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    by Published on 04-12-2012 03:37 AM
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    So, before the flaming starts, there is no denying that the new concept design BlackBerry, dubbed BlackBerry 10 TK2 Victory, resembles the form factor of the newer Palm device series. Let's just clear the air on that. When I first laid eyes on the mock-up images, all I could think of was holding a stylus pen in hand while using the device (not necessarily a bad thing).

    I do like the idea of the bigger screen to satisfy the full-screen users, while jamming in some physical keys to satisfy the physical keyboard junkies. But is it really a winning design? I say probably not. Why? Because it looks like a man with a undersized body and a overgrown head trying to do a back-flip! Not going to be easy (nothing against big heads, I have one myself). And there are some negative side affects to having such a large screen with a regular sized keypad. It renders the one-handed usage primarily to the bottom of the touchscreen only. No more single hand high stretches to reach that touch sensitive content up top, as you'll have to let go of the keyboard and double hand it without that trackpad. So, unless you have the fingers of a 7 foot tall basketball player, I'd opt for a smaller design.


    [BB10 TK2 concept device next to Palm Pixi Plus]

    However, easier said than done, right? I'm not saying I could come up with something better (see my mediocre unfinished mockup), but I do feel that overall form fumbles function in this BB 10 TK2 concept. Which is why it is a concept, right? I do like the inset sleep/power button though. And kudos to the graphic artist, Guy Bridges, who went through the pains of putting this concept together for us BlackBerry 10 thirsty addicts till the next juicy piece of material comes around for us to sink our opinions into. Stay tuned for my next rant...

    Agree or disagree? Let me know what you think about the BlackBerry 10 TK2 concept device in the comments!
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