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    by Published on 01-16-2012 06:31 PM
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    UPDATE: dingleberry 3.0.2 has been released to address some issues with hulu

    The popular PlayBook rooting application Dinglberry has been updated to version 3.0. This is update is packed full of goodies from the team lead by Dingleberry creator Chris Wade AKA @cmwdotme. Dingleberry has come a long way since its arrival last year, and has opened the doors up for many creative minds. Thanks to Dinglberry we can now do things like have access to the Full Android Market, and USB storage devices to our PlayBooks. Dingleberry 3.0 now allows for downgrading as well as the much anticipated ability to view hulu.
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 08:24 PM
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    BlackBerry's most popular Bible app has been updated to version 3.7. Version 3.7 now allows users more granular control over their bookmarks. Anyone that uses this app will know that bookmarks are big deal when reading. The update also brings some communication and font fixes. Here is what's new in this release:
    • New bookmark features: List the bookmark by labels, Select from existing labels to add to bookmarks, Select multiple bookmarks for mass operation such as deletion, highlightin, and changing lables
    • when the communication has difficulties, the requests are queued instead of sent simultaneously to the server.
    • The font size can be set in points instead of 3 fixed levels of pixels, so that the text can be more easily read on higher-resolution screens.

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    by Published on 01-12-2012 04:12 PM
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    Annu Dawar, Sr. Product Manager for BlackBerry 7, provides background on Near Field Communication (NFC) and BlackBerry technology, as well as walks through the features of BlackBerry Tag and all of the apps that are able to integrate with this new functionality provided in OS 7.1 for BlackBerry smartphones.
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 04:03 PM
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    RIM officially launched the OS 7.1 update for BlackBerry 7 smartphones this week. At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the Inside BlackBerry Blog caught up with Annu Dawar, Sr Product Manager for BlackBerry 7, to give us an in-depth insider perspective on all things BlackBerry OS 7.1. Tell us what you think about OS 7.1 in the comments!
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    by Published on 01-11-2012 02:01 PM
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    2. Leaked OS,
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    Looks like OS 7.1 is beginning to become mainstream among OS 7 devices. RIM has slowly been rolling it out over the past few weeks. So if you have a Curve 9360 get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh upgrade, and don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know how it works for you!
    Warning: Please remember that this IS NOT an official release operating system. If you wish to install this OS keep in mind that this may cause your phone to not function correctly. If you are not comfortable and/or unsure as how to upgrade to this OS and need assistance, please click the link below.
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    by Published on 01-11-2012 02:52 AM
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    Visa Inc. and Visa Europe have announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9380 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 have been added to the list of Visa compliant payment products available for commercial deployment by financial institutions. These devices have been certified with Visa payWave, Visa’s mobile application for payments at the point-of-sale.

    RIM has been a leader in developing NFC technology and is committed to working with key partners to build a strong ecosystem to lead the next generation of payment methods. RIM’s key NFC developments are highlighted below:
    • The latest BlackBerry 7.1 OS update, announced yesterday, incorporates BlackBerry Tag. By simply tapping their NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphone against another NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphone, users can make sharing documents, contact information, photos and other multimedia content easier than ever.
    • The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 are the first SIM-based NFC smartphones to be certified by MasterCard as PayPass-approved devices.
    • HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, announced in September 2011 an industry first with plans to support the company’s iCLASS digital keys and mobile secure identity on NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones.
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    by Published on 01-09-2012 11:29 AM
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    Its been a busy day for the folks over at RIM. BBM 6.1 has been released from beta testing and is now available for download from App World. BBM 6.1 provides a wealth of new features that provide even more functionality and entertainment. BBM is way ahead of the competition when it comes to instant messaging. Personally I love the animated avatars!

    Take a look at some of the new features included in BBM 6.1 (taken from Beta release Blog):
    • Animated avatars – We’ve added a new dimension to the options on your BBM display picture – animated avatars! These avatars use controlled animation, which means that motion is activated when you scroll over the avatar. Three animated avatars are available as part of this beta as a sneak peek (including a “smile,” “laughter” and “in love”). We’re planning to add a larger selection of animated avatars after the beta trial is completed. You can access these avatars when changing your display picture within the Avatars folder. (Note: Animated avatars are only supported on BlackBerry smartphone OS 5.0 and higher.

    • 12 new emoticons – A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. With the addition of 12 fun emoticons in your BBM catalog, there are now more ways for you to express yourself and personalize messages to your friends. These new emoticons were created based on suggestions from customers participating in beta trials – look for more to come in future releases. And please make sure to leave us a comment and let us know what other emoticons you’d like to see. We’re listening!

    • Increased character count for personal messages – Whether it’s keeping your contacts posted on your whereabouts or sharing your mood for the day, you can now say more in your regular updates to your BBM friends. We’ve more than doubled the size of your personal message space to 160 characters, so that you can now share your trials and tribulations in much greater detail.

    • Colored chat bubbles – BBM users can now customize the color of chat bubbles for contacts. With 10 colors to choose from, you can pre-assign colors to your contacts by simply going into your BBM contacts’ profile and selecting a desired contact chat color. This feature is great for organizing the many BBM contacts you have and makes it easier to recognize types of conversations (I’m assigning colors to work, friends, and family. My boss is blue, my family is yellow, and colleagues and friends will get their own color-coding, too.)

    • Camera/Display Picture Integration – Now you’ll be able to snap a picture and display it right away! There are now fewer steps between taking that great picture with your BlackBerry smartphone and making it your BBM Display Picture. Now you can update your BBM avatar right from the BlackBerry smartphone camera app by selecting “Set as BBM Display Picture” from the menu options.

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    by Published on 01-09-2012 07:53 AM
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    1. Official OS,
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    Looks like RIM has given us a nice little surprise today by formally announcing the availability of BlackBerry OS 7.1. We have seen it in the wild already and many users already have it loaded on their devices, but we never heard anything official from RIM about it. Today RIM has released some information over at their inside BlackBerry Blog, that lets us know about the new features included OS 7.1.

    Here is a summary of some of the new features you can expect in OS 7.1:
    • Mobile Hotspot: Turn your BlackBerry 7.1 OS device into a Wi-Fi® router anywhere, anytime! The new OS seamlessly provides Internet access for up to five Wi-Fi devices, including laptops and tablets.

    • Universal Search: For this new release, we wanted to focus on the intelligence of our system and our apps – in other words, we wanted to create an intuitive experience that does the thinking for you. For example, Universal Search now has a new auto-suggest feature that that intelligently filters Bing® search results to offer you a variety of relevant Web sites based on your search terms.

    • BlackBerry® Tag: Share contacts, media and files, and even invite friends to BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM) through a simple touch. BlackBerry Tag unlocks near field communication (NFC) capabilities for everyday use and makes sharing a lot faster and much more personal.

    • Wi-Fi® Calling (where available): With BlackBerry 7.1 OS, you’ll be able to make Wi-Fi calls using your carrier’s Wi-Fi calling service (aka UMA-lite or GAN-lite). Wi-Fi calling allows you to save your talk time minutes and make phone calls over any Wi-Fi network. Not all carriers offer such a service so check with your carrier for availability.

    • FM Radio: The BlackBerry 7.1 OS update will let BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360 and 9380 smartphone customers enjoy FM radio. The Curve models include a built-in FM radio so you can tune in to local FM radio stations. Simply plug in your headset to boost the reception (it acts as the antenna). Plus, no data usage or data plan required!
    So as you can see there are some really hot new features that bring a little spice to your OS 7 device. I am glad to see RIM starting of the new year right with fresh new updates.
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    by Published on 01-07-2012 08:40 AM
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    2. Official OS,
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    Official OS version 7.0.0.557 has been released for the Curve 9360 from China Mobile Peoples Telephone. If you have a Curve 9360 its time once again to get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh OS. And as always, please remember to let us know about any findings/fixes.

    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 01-06-2012 06:46 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    The long awaited PlayBook OS 2.0 is set to have a guest appearance at this months Consumer Electronics Show (CES) RIM has been sending out invitations to an "intimate event" that will allow attendees to experience the BlackBerry PlayBook's new OS 2.0. This also suggest RIM is not going to have a very strong presence at the years biggest electronic show.

    Back in October we heard that PlayBook's OS 2 would be delayed until February. Does this mean that we could see an early release? Over the past few months we have seen glimpses of OS 2.0 and have been really impressed. I was able to get hands on at the BIF 2011, and I can confirm it is everything that has been missing from OS 1.0 and much more. The release of this OS is a make or break for the PlayBook device so I am looking forward to updating to OS 2.0.
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    by Published on 01-05-2012 05:53 PM
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    RIM has just released the new native Music Store app via BlackBerry Beta Zone. With Music Store you can find and buy music directly from your device and keep that music integrated into your media library for easy playback. It's also BBM, Facebook and Twitter integrated for easy song and album sharing with your fans and friends. Nice to see RIM becoming more media friendly. Note: We have heard reports that Music Store is NOT OS 7.1 friendly.
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    by Published on 01-05-2012 02:34 PM
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    2. Official OS,
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    Is it a full moon tonight somewhere? AT&T has released a OS update for a BlackBerry device. If that's not strange enough, it's for the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810. I must say I was overjoyed to see this until I noticed the build. AT&T decided to go with .583 even though a .585 had been leaked online already. Nevertheless, it's always better to have an official build so if you have a Torch 2, download it, install it on your PC, delete the vendor.xml file (if you're not on AT&T), install it on your device, and let us know what you tihnk!
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    by Published on 01-05-2012 01:56 PM
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    The most recent news that the BlackBerry community has gotten wind of was that Research in Motion has plans to show off the new BlackBerry 10 operating system at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 27th through March 1st.

    A spokesperson at RIM has stated:
    "2012 will be the year of BlackBerry 10 so we'll be showcasing the capabilities of our future operating system as well demonstrating the power of BlackBerry 7, with a particular focus on NFC and BBM connected apps. Research in Motion will be there in force."

    While this doesn't necessarily mean that the actual phones will be set up to be played with, having official details on how the new OS will work is a definite plus. That may hold off the riots for a little while longer. On top of the reveal of BB10, BB7 seems to be another popular aspect of RIM's revival plan. I'm curious about the new operating system, sure, but those phones could be a long way out. I'm more excited to see how much more I can get out of my BlackBerry Bold 9900. Research in Motion says this is "The year of BlackBerry 10", but the year is young, and we've got a long way to go. Hopefully their determination stays strong and continues for a long time down the road.
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    by Published on 01-04-2012 02:00 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors,
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    Could this picture end up being a reality sometime in 2012 or 2013? Could we end up seeing BlackBerry 10 on HTC, Samsung and other hardware manufacturers' devices? According to Jefferies' Peter Misek this is definitely not only a possibility but talks have already started to make it happen.

    "We think some of this has already been started with RIM likely agreeing to license Blackberry 10 to Samsung, HTC, and possibly others.This would help create a critical mass for the ecosystem and maintain RIM’s monthly service revenue; however, it puts more pressure on the hardware business in the short term. Longer term, it possibly gets people hooked on the RIM ecosystem and may in fact allow them to sell more BB 10 handsets (if they are able to create compelling handsets)."
    Why would RIM even think about doing this? Well if you think about it, the costs of manufacturing hardware would be cut down as less phones would need to made and they would instead take a more Google-like approach and rent out their OS per say.

    Both HTC and Samsung run Android and WP7 OSes and have been successful doing so. The chance of them taking on another OS with such an uncertain future as the BlackBerry 10 OS could be unlikely. Also the hardware compatibility issue is big one as well as BlackBerry 10 sounds like it'll be a gesture-dependent OS for which who knows if HTC or Samsung could develop hardware.

    That being said, the perspective of having BlackBerry email and BBM as anchors to this new OS could make it very enticing for some of these companies to adopt BlackBerry 10.

    I love rumors, especially during such a slow time of the year with BlackBerry news. We'll see if anything comes out of this one in the near future.
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    by Published on 12-30-2011 04:14 AM
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    The BlackBerry YouTube channel has just uploaded a nice recap of BlackBerry 7 night that took place on Dec, 1st, in Kuala Lumpur. Once again RIM goes all out with these great fan night events. This event was especially hot being in Malaysia, home to some of the most hardcore BlackBerry fans. Were any of our Malaysian friends at the event? Let us know!
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