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    by Published on 07-08-2012 11:27 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    David J. Smith, Senior Vice President of Mobile Computing at Research In Motion, provides some perspective on mobile computing and how people connect with each other and the things around them. He also discusses BlackBerry PlayBook OS and its important differentiators for the enterprise consumer. This video was taken during BlackBerry World 2012, but it still applies in many ways to what is going on right now.
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    by Published on 07-07-2012 06:12 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry 10,
    3. App Development



    The BlackBerry 10 Jam Montreal event will be running in conjunction with the International Startup Festival this year. The event, all about the business of Startups, begins on July 11th, and runs until July 13th. The focus will be on sectors such as, mobility, social networking, gaming, ect. There will be many veterans and new faces, as wall as entrepreneurs and technologists from all around the world.

    As a sponsor of the International Startup Festival, RIM will be offering all BlackBerry 10 Jam Montreal attendees discounted passes to the festival. Prices are as follows:


    Both passes are valid for each day of the event.

    All International Startup Festival attendees sign up to pitch their company or ideas to VC investors. The first and second place winners from the BlackBerry 10 Jam Lightning Pitches will be given free All Access passes to the festival and a dedicated expo time in the mobility tent.

    Let us know if you will be attending this year!
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    by Published on 07-07-2012 05:50 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    While Alec Saunders isn't making up parody songs for BlackBerry 10, he loves to do some myth busting on app development for BlackBerry. One of these myths is that there aren't hardly any apps for BlackBerry. This is just not true. Via the BlackBerryDev Blog, Victoria Berry shares with us a few major stats regarding apps, including a major 3 billions apps downloaded milestone!

    Three billion app downloads averages out to over 2.5 million downloads each day. What’s even more important – and impressive – is that the number of daily downloads continues to increase. It took 786 days to reach the one billion mark, 210 days to reach two billion, and only 176 days to reach the three billion number. I should also note that this number does not include apps downloaded from third party BlackBerry app stores, or those pushed internally at companies around the world, or those downloaded directly from the web.
    Special thanks is due to the over 28,000 BlackBerry App World vendors and the BlackBerry App World storefront team. BlackBerry App World has continued to grow steadily with more than 90,000 applications now up for sale (we know other platforms use other metrics like submitted, or approved, but we prefer the more tangible “up for sale”).
    Congrats to BlackBerry for this great milestone! Let us know what your favorite BlackBerry apps are in the comments.

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    by Published on 07-06-2012 04:25 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors
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    On the tail of a column written by The Globe and Mail on Tuesday about the latest news surrounding RIM, G&M asked their readers what they thought were the most important questions to ask CEO, Thorsten Heins. G&M picked through the hundreds of questions sent in, and then compiled the top 10 list to submit to Thorsten. Iain Marlow, a writer for G&M has tweeted today that CEO Heins plans to answer each and every one of these 10 questions.

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    by Published on 07-06-2012 04:01 PM
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    While advertising is a crucial part of sustaining many sites, it can only go so far before it starts to affect that site's user-base. Today, Yahoo! and Facebook have made peace in court, all patent suits have been dropped, but only with a new agreement - to bring you more ads! Yep, as if you haven't had enough. Let's just hope that the next move isn't mandatory ads on 3rd party Facebook or Yahoo! apps, or we may be seeing the native Facebook for BlackBerry app littered with em'. Continue reading to see the press release...

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    by Published on 07-06-2012 01:22 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News
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    Given the introduction of earlier Curve phones in the region of Asia, it was only a matter of time until the BlackBerry Curve 9320 made it to Malaysia. RIM announced today that indeed, the 9320 with OS 7.1 and the dedicated BBM key, has been released in Malaysia. RIM is making great efforts to get OS 7.1 Smartphones into the Asia region for people who hunger for easier social connectivity.

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    by Published on 07-05-2012 08:04 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Accessories


    Today, iSkin is having a huge sale on their BlackBerry cases! In order to get in on the sale is enter coupon code, "BB60", at the coupon code box during checkout at iSkin.com and get 60% off all regular priced BlackBerry cases from iSkin. If you are in need of a case for your precious BlackBerry, hurry and get in on this sale cause it only applies to today!


    Terms and Conditions: Other existing iSkin promotions are not valid with the BlackBerry 60 Promotion and cannot be combined. These promotions include, but are not limited to, the iSkin Employee Discount Program, Facebook Friends w/ Benefits 15% Discount, iSkin Order Confirmation 10% Discount. The BlackBerry 60 Discount Code cannot be used toward, or combined with, shipping costs and fees, or other credits. No rainchecks, no layaway. iSkin Inc. has the right to terminate any, and all parts of this promotion, without prior notice to its customers. Valid while supplies last iSkin reserves the right to terminate or change all or any part of the BlackBerry 60 Promotion without prior notice. BlackBerry Promotion ends July 6, 2012, 11:59 p.m. EST.
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    by Published on 07-05-2012 07:55 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    The following article is written by our Filipino team member, ToraxCefiro:

    The race is on once again to our fellow Filipino BlackBerry Developers as PinoyBBDev is going to have their 2nd PinoyBBDev Hackathon this coming August 4-5 2012. This is a two-day coding session that will turn your app ideas into reality and possibly hitting the BlackBerry AppWorld. This event aims not only to establish awareness about different technologies in creating applications for BlackBerry, but also to showcase the Filipino talent locally and across the globe.

    This year's hackathon will focus more on the technologies supported by the upcoming operating system for BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 such as:

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    by Published on 07-05-2012 06:21 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    We have already seen quite a few pictures of RIM's upcoming 4G/3G PlayBook. The latest wave of leaked pictures gives us a better idea of how the 4G/3G components will integrate with the PlayBooks OS. Reports are also coming in that the new 4G/3G models will have NFC support, and that users will be able to utilize BlackBerry protect. This is great news, BlackBerry protect is a feature that all users should be familiar with.

    In addition, we will most likely see a modified version of PlayBook OS 2.0 to address the needs of 4G/3G radios as well as any other new components RIM decides to release with it. The PlayBook 4G/3G models are expected to be out sometime later this year.

    Take a look at the latest pictures and let us know your thoughts. Are you planning on purchasing a 4G/3G capable PlayBook or will you wait for a 10" version that could have mobile network options?



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    by Published on 07-04-2012 08:44 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Twitter For BlackBerry (T4BB) has been updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The new update contains fixes to many problems that users have had since the last Beta update. Most notably the main account being deleted or logged when you had network issues, the new twitter bird icon and spell check display issues.

    Change log for 3.1.0.17:

    • Updated Twitter Bird
    • Sharing Tweets over email fails to keep links shortened
    • Reply Hotkey not working and menu item missing on the Tweet Details screen if the Tweet is Retweeted by you
    • When replying to a Tweet with a location, location call out pops up over top of the text in the Tweet
    • Main account was deleted/logged out from app after experiencing network issues
    • Spell check dialog appears as well as the suggested usernames in Sign Up screen

    Head To the BlackBerry Beta Zone To Download 3.1.0.17 Beta Update
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    by Published on 07-03-2012 06:13 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Kanok Gems has just released a very sought after feature for those in Thailand - a Thai input keyboard for PlayBook. The PlayBook OS has yet to expand it's tentacles out to various languages, so apps like this are great for many looking to type in their native tongue. You can pick this app up in App World for free!

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    by Published on 07-03-2012 04:57 PM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Calvin and Hobbes has got to be one of my favorite comics of all time. I remember the days when I would sit there laughing hysterically by myself as I read through each book (hey, I had friends too). So when I just discovered today that developers, Handster Inc, made a Calvin and Hobbes app for the BlackBerry PlayBook, I got ecstatic! Now I'll be able to go back and relive some of those laughs right from my tablet, and see the comics from a different perspective than I did when I was just a kid. Calvin and Hobbes comics can play a double meaning quite often. Anyhow, this is a free app that only comes with a small ad at the bottom of the page. No biggie. Enjoy!

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    by Published on 07-03-2012 09:57 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News
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    Once again RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has assured the media that he has everything under control. Ever since RIMs first quarter 2013 earnings conference call last week the media has been on a feeding frenzy regarding the current state of the BlackBerry maker RIM. Everyone seems to have an ...
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    by Published on 07-03-2012 04:19 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Foursquare which recently updated it's BlackBerry app to v.5.0, has now issued an update to 5.0.1. The update includes a few minor bug fixes but also adds plug in support for Foursquare on BlackBerry.

    Don't see it in My World? Refresh your list from your menu or hold down ALT and press R S T and you should see the list of pending updates.

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    by Published on 07-02-2012 05:27 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors

    BlackBerry news in the last week has had it's plenty of downs. However, with this less than par news we have gained plenty of new insight into the BlackBerry 10 platform and what it entails. The news has taken us on a roller coaster. From everything about the delay of BlackBerry 10 to Q1 of 2013, to leaked slides showing that there will be both QWERTY and FullScreen BlackBerry 10 devices (L and N Series) at launch.

    With the help from an anonymous source, we have gotten our hands on what appears to be a BlackBerry 10 Roadmap for 2013! Boo-ya!! I'll explain more below, but first, here is a quick overview of the roadmap dates:

    • 4G PlayBook - Q4, 2012
    • BlackBerry 10 London/Nevada - Q1, 2013 - Europe launch before N. America
    • BlackBerry 10 Upgrade for PlayBook - Q1/Q2, 2013
    • BlackBerry device codenamed "Nashville" - Q2/Q3, 2013
    • BlackBerry 10 inch PlayBook "Blackforest" - Q3, 2013
    • BlackBerry device codenamed "Naples" - Q3/Q4, 2013

    Before we go into what the roadmap is showing us, we were also told that RIM will be launching BlackBerry 10 in Europe 3-4 weeks prior to launching BlackBerry 10 in North America. Don't worry though, both launches will still take place in Q1. The BlackBerry 10 Europe launch is suppose to take place within the first week of January, while the North American launch to follow in the first week of February. The reason behind this, is because the European markets and media outlets have been better receptive to BlackBerry than the "doom and gloom" repetitive bullshit of the North American media outlets. RIM has also had much better success with BlackBerry in general in these other markets. This should give the global market more time to become accustomed to BlackBerry 10 and create the hype it needs to make it's way to the shelves of N. America and elsewhere.

    Little has been known in regards to the BlackBerry 10 roadmap besides what we have learned from the delayed launch in the last week during RIM's earnings call. What we have known already is that the 4G LTE PlayBook will be on the market before the year's end. This will usher in the first BlackBerry 10 devices in Q1 of 2013, and PlayBook's running OS 2 will get a upgrade to BlackBerry 10 OS. Probably the best news about being a PlayBook owner you can get.

    What really sparks our interest is what we have heard about possible other BB10 devices which names were discovered hidden in the data of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. These were codenamed "Nashville" and "Naples." The roadmap tells us that the Nashville is tracking between Q2/Q3, and Naples Q3/Q4. As to what these devices are, we are still uncertain, but there has been speculation that they may be variations of the QWERTY N-Series. It would make sense being they all have a codename that starts with the letter N. Or, they could very well be variants of a 7 or 10 inch PlayBook tablet - not enough info yet.

    Since the release of the 7 inch PlayBook there has been many speculations and rumors as to when, or if, there will be a 10 inch PlayBook to ever see the market. As far as over a year ago there were rumors that RIM had completely stopped any kind of plans for a 10 inch PlayBook so that they could focus on getting BlackBerry 10 OS out first. This makes sense that we would not see a 10 inch PlayBook hit your happy little hands until BlackBerry 10 is launched. This also means that any tablet launching after Q1 will also come equipped with the BlackBerry 10 OS.

    We've known that the device codenamed "Blackforest" has long now been rumored to be the 10 inch BlackBerry tablet. Based on the roadmap, it looks to be tracking for Q3, 2013. There is also the number "128" shown besides the "Blackforest" codename. Could this mean that the first 10 inch PlayBook will come in a 128 GB model!? This could be very well so, as RIM has just nixed the 16 GB model, citing that less of memory is just not going to be relevant anymore as they continue their focus on higher capacity models. As apps and OS content continues to become more jam packed rich, I think seeing a 128 GB tablet hit the market in Q3 of 2013 makes a whole lot of sense!

    It looks like 2013 is going to be RIM's year for a chance as the comeback kid. I'm hoping to see when we attend the main BlackBerry Jam event this September in San Jose, that more light will be shed on BlackBerry 10 and the many questions coming from the community. I'm still hoping that in some ways this roadmap isn't true, and RIM will surprise us with a early BlackBerry 10 release in Q4 of this year. Either way, keep it here for any updates to the upcoming BlackBerry 10 launch!
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