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    by Published on 01-31-2012 01:06 PM
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    1. Official OS,
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    Official OS version version 7.0.0.590 has been released for the Curve 9360 from Orange Poland. If you have a Curve 9360 its time once again to get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh new OS. As always please remember to let us know your 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 01-30-2012 11:53 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    Today RIM announced the availability BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. This new service allows organizations to expand their Microsoft mail services to the cloud and manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud.

    One of the nice things about this service is that customers that are already subscribed to the Office 365 suite or standalone Exchange Online and works with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans. The service is actually very robust and offers a comparable features that a typical BES server would have.

    Having it cloud based makes it an affordable alternative for many organizations. In addition RIM's partnership with software giant Microsoft helps alleviate some of the nasty licensing that many organizations have to go through. Here is a brief statement taken from RIM's official press release:
    “Microsoft’s partnership with RIM exemplifies our commitment to providing customers with the best productivity experience across the PC, browser and phone,” said Julia White, Senior Director of Microsoft's Exchange Product Management Group. “The availability of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services is great news for Office 365 and BlackBerry customers who want to get the maximum benefit from these two business collaboration services.”
    Some key features include:
    • Wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone
    • BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which presents a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone while keeping the content separate and secure
    • An intuitive web-based console for IT administrators to provision, manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere
    • Online access to employee self-service smartphone security functions, allowing users to easily reset a device password or remotely lock or wipe a device in the event of loss or theft
    You can read the full press release here.
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    by Published on 01-25-2012 12:33 AM
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    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    The BBH-Tool has been recently upgraded with several new additions and fixes courtesy of lyricidal from BBH-Plus. He has released a new bundle of goodies for anyone with enough time and patience to edit and/or modify their BlackBerry device's OS, or any changes as they see fit.

    Warning: this is not for inexperienced users. Any changes that you make on your device, is done on your own risk. BBOS is not responsible for any damages. We strongly suggest that you please create a backup file of your BlackBerry device prior to making any changes using the BBH-Tool.
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    by Published on 01-20-2012 07:38 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    RIM has released Beta 3 of their Native SDK 2.0 for Tablet OS. A few new features have been added as well as updates to the documentation. Take a look at some of the new features and enhancements:

    Tooling enhancements:
    • A new easy-to-use Add Library Wizard, which is designed to simplify the process of adding library dependencies to a project
    • Improved navigation and workflow in the Deployment Setup Wizard
    • Enhancements to the BAR file editor to view localized manifests for each locale
    API improvements:
    • BPS services can now use channels as chosen by the application for multi-threaded messaging
    • Scoreloop social gaming APIs
    Documentation updates:
    • A new “Hello Native SDK” tutorial provides a walkthrough of the OpenGL ES 1.1 Application Project template that comes with the QNX® Momentics® IDE
    • A new “Displaying a dialog” recipe instructs users how to display dialogs on the screen and handle dialog events
    If your a developer there are some nice additions to this update. Happy developing.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 05:21 PM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Our friend Ronen from BerryReview has just received information from sources that RIM has set a launch date for February 17th to release PlayBook OS 2.0 to the masses. There have been numerous rumors flying around as to what the actual ETA will be, but if this rings true, we will be updating out PlayBook's shortly after Valentine's Day!
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 04:27 AM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    A new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Beta build has been released for developers, v2.0.0.7111, which can be obtained by re-registering your BlackBerry PlayBook for Beta access.To install the 2.0.0.7111 Beta on your PlayBook, you must register your PIN (see link below) and install the update within the 24 hour window.

    This version of software contains support for developers to test their applications against the following runtimes:

    • Runtime for Android apps
    • Adobe AIR 3.0
    • WebWorks
    • Native API 2.0
    Note: This beta version of OS 2.0 does not contain end user features such as: email, calendar contacts, video store, etc.
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 07:31 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 09:24 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    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 05:12 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 05:03 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 03:01 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. Leaked OS,
    3. BlackBerry Software




    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 03:52 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
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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 12:29 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    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 08:53 AM
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    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    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 09:40 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    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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