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    by Published on 10-17-2011 11:24 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    We have know for a while now that RIM has been working on their next generation BlackBerry OS called BBX. However, we were still unsure of its real name, and what exactly it would be capable of. So like many we have been patiently waiting for more information regarding BBX. Needless to say, we were very excited to hear the latest news regarding the BBX platform.
    In an interview with the Financial Post RIMs Co-CEO Jim Balsillie, said a few interesting things. The first thing he said and probably the most important thing, was the name of BBX. According to the FP, BBX is what Balsillie said would bring RIM back in to the spot light. The second thing that Balsillie said that really got everyone excited was what he said regarding tomorrows DevCon.

    We’ve leapfrogged everyone with what we’re announcing [on Tuesday] and you’re going to see it on display,
    Balsillie also commented on RIM's history.

    We built an engine back in the mid-90s that served us incredibly well for 15 years, and in the past couple of years, we’ve had to build the engine of the future while still driving the engine we’ve got.”
    “We’ve completely had to re-engineer ourselves for the future,”
    These were actually two very profound statements. The first statement is the whole reason why BlackBerry is what it is today, because it was built such on a solid engine. The second statement is profound because it address the questions we as consumers have been asking for months, like why cant RIM move past the same old devices and software, and Why cant RIM's upper management get this. Well apparently they do as they have completely re-engineered themselves for the future. Things are looking better for RIM.
    We are all really excited about what tomorrows DevCon has to offer. We will keep you posted through out the day so stay tuned for more new.
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    by Published on 10-17-2011 07:03 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Software


    Blackberry Desktop manager for Mac has been updated to version 2.2.0.17. Sorry, not much to report here as there is currently no change log. So please let us know your findings.
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    by Published on 10-14-2011 10:42 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Looks like its a good day for Beta Zone members. Earlier today the Beta Zone released version 2.0.0.42 for Ticketmaster. Now they have released version 3.0.1.20 update for BlackBerry App World. Seems as though there are quite a few important issues that have been addressed along with a few performance and speed enhancements. The Beta Zone is very important for the development of solid robust apps for BlackBerry devices. It allows for applications to be tested by us as consumers before they go mainstream. This way we can let the developers know of any bugs or issues that come up when using the app. If you do not have a Beta Zone account head on over to the Beta Zone website and get one.

    A list of the important fixed issues are as follows:

    • Performance and speed enhancements across all BlackBerry devices
    • Multiple translation/localization errors
    • Multiple instances of UI lag
    • Apps not appearing in “My World” for some users
    • User continuously notified to update the same applications when on the latest version
    • Memory leak occurring and taking up too much device memory
    • Null pointer exception during downloads
    • Escaping out of viewing app description returns user to top of installed/uninstalled list – App World should not go back to the top of list but return to the previously viewed app in the list
    • Error when opening and closing some apps with the error message: "Uncaught Exception;Attempt to delete a field that doesn't belong to the manager”
    • Unable to upgrade "Try and Buy" app after installing App World 3.0
    • “OutOfMemoryError” when attempting to launch App World
    • No "reinstall" button available for Facebook / BB Bridge / etc in App World after deletion
    • The “Reboot” option is available in the menu of AppWorld 2.1.x.x and it does not show in AppWorld 3.0.0.x

    Discuss this in the forums


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    by Published on 10-11-2011 05:08 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Today, RIM announced BlackBerry Analytics Service 1.0 powered by Webtrends, a free service that enables developers to collect and analyze data on how their apps are used. With the insight from this service, any developer of Java-based apps for BlackBerry smartphones can:
    • Understand how users are engaging with an app
    • Enhance user experience to drive more downloads
    • Learn how to market apps more effectively
    • Better deal with bugs as they arise

    The BlackBerry Analytics Service is simple and easy to use as developers can integrate tracking into their applications with just a few lines of code. More than 20 interactive reports can be generated which include:

    • Overview metrics showing active users, new users, frequency of use, engagement in duration and depth of use, number of screens viewed, and conversions
    • Detail in usage of screens, content, media, features, products, in-app search, and in-app ads
    • User information including country and language, device characteristics, carrier, connection type and errors

    Developers can register for the service here. More information and step-by-step instructions are available on the BlackBerry Analytics documentation page.
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    by Published on 10-10-2011 08:31 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Software



    About a week ago we wrote an article about the Russian company ElcomSoft, and their ability to exploit BlackBerry encryption. This was big news as there were no known ways to crack or hack a BlackBerry device in the manner described by ElcomSoft. We also stated that there was no reason to sound the alarms, and declare BlackBerry an insecure device. We all know that BlackBerry remains one of the most secure devices on the planet. However, I know its important for various reasons, that users be made aware of tactics that an attacker can use to gain entry to their personal information.
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    by Published on 10-10-2011 10:14 AM
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    1. Leaked OS,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    Leaked OS 6.0.0.668 has reached the BlackBerry Bold 9780. If you have a Bold 9780, get out that USB cord and give your adevice a fresh OS. Don't forget to drop a comment below and let us know how it's working out for you!

    Warning: Please remember that this IS NOT an official release OS. If you wish to install this OS, keep in mind that this may cause your phone to not function correctly. BlackBerryOS and any other BlackBerryOS Official sites are not responsible. If you are not comfortable and/or unsure how to upgrade to this OS, please click the link below.
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    by Published on 10-10-2011 04:26 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    It was only time until RIM decided to make NFC within the BlackBerry 7 devices something useful. During a keynote presentation at the GITEX conference in Dubai, Jim Balsillie unveilled BlackBerry Tag.

    BlackBerry® Tag, which will be incorporated in the next BlackBerry® 7 OS update*, will allow users to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content by simply tapping their BlackBerry smartphones together. BlackBerry Tag will also enable friends to instantly add one another as contacts on BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger).

    BlackBerry Tag takes advantage of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology included in the recently launched BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900/9930 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9350/9360/9370 smartphones, and these are the first BlackBerry smartphones that will support BlackBerry Tag.

    * Subject to network operator certifications. Check with your local operator for availability.
    This is certainly a great way to incorporate NFC usage into a users daily routine.
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    by Published on 10-07-2011 04:04 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Rumors,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    Things are starting to get exciting once again in the world of BlackBerry. We are starting to hear more and more about this new BBX platform. We got word a couple days ago that new BlackBerry X (BBX) platform, would be announced at the upcoming DevCon in San Francisco. The BBX platform is rumored to be a QNX based OS for the PlayBook and the upcoming QNX based BlackBerry SuperPhones.

    Although we have some information regarding the devices BBX will showcase on, there is still much to be determined in regards to its functionality. A photo taken from a recent QNX blog post shows the name BBX in one of the presentation slides talking about QNX Car 2. This is exciting as it helps confirm progress in RIM's next major move.

    With QNX based Blackberries coming soon it only makes sense for RIM to announce something like this at the next DevCon. I am excited about this, a fresh name, a new OS, and new devices on the horizon. I like RIM's decision to step out of their traditional OS and device models, and move towards something fresh.

    What do you think? Are you excited about BBX?
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    by Published on 09-30-2011 10:29 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software




    Security is one of the biggest reasons why so many people choose BlackBerry as their preferred smartphone. Its clear that it rises far beyond the rest of its class in regards to security, and keeping data safe. So when exploits or security loopholes are found it's a big deal. Users want to be protected, and companies need to be ensured their data is protected at all times.
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    by Published on 09-21-2011 07:18 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Software




    RIM has just updated the BlackBerry Payment Service SDK 1.0 to a new version which adds a great extension to the SDK announced in January. The BlackBerry Payment Service SDK 1.5 enables developers to start offering subscription based services, auto-renewing subscriptions for apps and in-app digital goods.

    Developers can easily update to the new version as BlackBerry Payment Service SDK 1.5 leverages the API from 1.0. The new functionality includes checking for status of a subscription and canceling subscriptions. BlackBerry Payment Service manages the subscription renewals and sends out renewal reminders and receipts to users. To benefit from apps with subscription services users will have to download the recently released BlackBerry App World 3.0.

    With BlackBerry Payment Service 1.5 developers can adopt a new business model for their apps if they choose to. It includes automatic renewal periods at 7 or 30 days, recurring billing automatically handled by BlackBerry App World, the option to offer incentives to first time subscribers, the convenience of choosing from PayPal, Credit Card or Carrier Billing as payment options. They can also offer premium content or access to a cloud-based service. As an example check out BBM Music which already uses BlackBerry Service SDK 1.5.

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    by Published on 09-20-2011 10:08 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Today UberSocial has been updated to version 1.251. Version 1.251 includes the following changes:

    • Direct support for the latest OS 7 BlackBerry devices
    • For BlackBerry OS 6.0 and 7.0 devices we now support the home screen message notification bar so DMs, @replies/mentions and inner circle tweets will show up there for quick access from the device home screen. When you see the mini UberSocial icon, click the bar and the tweets/DMs that caused the notification will be displayed along with a snippet of the tweet. Clicking the tweet snippet will take you directly to it.
    • Fixed bug where tweets would not open on some touch screen devices when you touched them
    • Fixed bug where trending topics descriptions would sometimes overlap in the list.
    • Fixed issue caused by twitter wrapping all URLs with t.co shortened links, this affected twitlonger, tmi.me, myloc.me and mypict.me links
    • List timelines now include retweets
    • Fixed bug where mini-icon would sometimes have a zero next to it
    • Improved load times for the inner circle timeline
    • Mypict.me now respects the picture size that you choose.
    • Profile pictures are now rotated correctly
    • Added 'Login via Browser' as an option when adding more then one account
    • Added multiple retries to the authorization process as the twitter servers appear to timeout or return nothing quite often
    • Added a 'Theme' menu itme so you can easily change themes from the home timeline without going into options
    • Changed the menu text of 'My Timeline' to 'My Tweets' to more accurately reflect the functionality
    • Support for new device screen sizes for installable themes
    • Fixed a theme bug where backgrounds were not being used on all screens, causing tiling of the portrait background
    • Greatly improved timeline scrolling performance on touch screen devices

    Most of the changes listed are the same as the previous release. The important point to note is the "Greatly improved timeline scrolling performance on touch screen devices" UberSocial is popular twitter app that allows for an enriched tweeting experience. They are also working on BBM integration.

    Do you use UberSocial? If not, then what app do you use for Twitter? Let us know in the comments!

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    by Published on 09-12-2011 09:16 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Software


    BlackBerry Master Control Program (BBMCP) has been floating in beta testing waters for over 3 years now. After 2 successful beta builds, they've decided to make the latest an official build. This is useful tool for BlackBerry device tweaking & tinkering.

    The new v1.0 does bring a few small changes including:

    • Added JavaLoader 7.0 Beta 2 (from BlackBerry JDE 7.0 Beta 2).
    • All downloads on the Downloads screen have been updated.
    • MCP Support link (Welcome screen) fixed.
    • MCP Portable updates and fixes.
    • MCP Redesigned for PortableApps Platform “Next” Pre-Release 3


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    by Published on 09-07-2011 11:18 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    RIM has released Desktop Manager v2.2 for Mac for testing in Beta Zone. You will need OSX 10.5.7 or higher in order to install.

    Features In Focus

    You can now preview and test some of the features and improvements that are currently available in our beta software with your BlackBerry smartphone and tablet. We ask that you please focus your use and testing in the following areas:

    • Installation: Were you able to successfully install the software on your Mac? Were you satisfied with the time it took to complete the full installation?
    • Device Summary Screen: Does the software recognize your device and provide the information you expect to see? What do you think of the design and usability of this screen?
    • Organizer: Synchronize your personal data (Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Tasks) between your BlackBerry smartphone and Mac.
    • Backup and Restore: Automatically or manually backup and restore your data, or clear content. In addition to your BlackBerry smartphone, Backup & Restore your PlayBook!
    • Applications: Add or remove applications on your device and update your software using the ‘Check for Updates’ option.
    • Media Sync: Synchronize your music, pictures and videos with your BlackBerry smartphone or PlayBook.

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    by Published on 09-03-2011 10:37 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    We have all been there, patiently waiting for that OS update from our carrier. With RIM's Java-based OS carriers have had to test, and retest the OS to allow for network compatibility. These long delays caused by carrier testing have always been a contributer to the slow roll out of updates from RIM.
    This has all changed with the implementation of RIM's QNX based OS. QNX allows RIM to separate certain parts of code that often times the carrier would have to test. This separation, and elimination of carrier testing allows for faster OTA updates. This type of update can already be seen in how the BlackBerry PlayBook updates itself. A user is alerted that there is a update for the device, and they simply click on install.
    This type of quick updating is absolutely crucial with new devices, as bugs are found all the time shortly after a new release. We have seen affects of quick OTA updates within the PlayBook, as many of those updates have quickly resolved issues, and enhanced the user experience.

    What do you think of the new approach to updating? Let us know in the forums.



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