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    by Published on 03-23-2012 09:58 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    BlackBerry Messenger has been updated to version 6.2.0.24. This update provides quite a few fixed issues. Be sure to head on over to the Beta Zone to update to this latest version. Do not forget to share with us your findings/fixes.


    Fixed Issues

    • User is returned to the contact list after sending a voice note via the convenience key if the chat is opened from the Messages application.
    • Virtual keyboard does not appear automatically when editing personal message
    • When trying to switch chat from switch chat menu within conversation, user information is partially cutoff
    • Send picture dialog is displayed as a vertical bar for device font size 14.

    Known Issues

    • Highlighting a BBM contact displays a different contact's display picture.
    • Pressing the convenience key while the menu is open in a chat returns the user to the contact list if the chat is opened from the Messages application.
    • Scrolling quickly in the inline edit view allows the focus to move out on to the user's avatar.
    • Pressing the Enter key while the focus is on the user's avatar initiates the inline edit view.
    • Some smileys remained as text in a message sent to a multiperson chat for all participants.
    • Send voice note dialog buttons are cut off in landscape mode when the virtual keyboard is displayed.




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    by Published on 03-22-2012 05:31 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News


    Yes, you read that right. Research in Motion is wrapped up in yet another lawsuit. This time over emoticons, yes, emoticons. Varia Holdings LLC filed a suit claiming RIM is infringing US Patent 7167731 - "Emoticon Input Method and Apparatus". With this suit, Varia Holdings LLC is demanding that sales of all BlackBerry devices ceases immediately and that the company be awarded damages.
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    by Published on 03-22-2012 04:59 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    With BlackBerry World only 6 weeks away, now is the time to get registered to take advantage of the Early Bird rate expiring this Friday, March 23rd. Early Birds will save $300 off the onsite price for a Full Conference Pass. So don't wait till it's too late!

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    by Published on 03-22-2012 04:53 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Themes



    BBThemes recently updated their Seven Point Five theme. The update bring small enhancements & tweaks, but does now support OS 6 devices!

    Version 2.1 brings several tweaks & updates, including:

    OS7 Devices:

    • Folders now mimics PlayBook OS2
    • Tabbed Browser now mimics PlayBook OS2
    • Other minor enhancements and icon changes


    OS6 Devices:


    • All the tweaks included with OS7 Devices version
    • Menus are now themed to look like OS7
    • The ONLY theme to have menus mirror OS7


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    by Published on 03-22-2012 01:21 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    BlackBerry App World has been updated to version 3.1.2.20 in the Beta Zone. There are some nice new features with this release to include NFC sharing of a single app. Take a look at some of the new feature here:


    • Find an app in “My World” by typing a keyword term
    • “Other Devices” filter view in “My World” allows you to filter out apps not available for your device e.g. PlayBook Apps
    • Announce downloads to BBM Status
    • NFC is now an additional method to share a single app
    • A new "Share" channel in the App World Home page allows you to share your app list via NFC
    • Various Bug Fixes


    Make sure you head on over to the Beta Zone to get this latest update.



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    by Published on 03-22-2012 06:24 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News

    RIM has been removed from its top spot in its home market by its rival Apple. This marks the first time that Apple has ousted BlackBerry as the top smartphone in Canada. According to the bloomberg news Canada's love affair with BlackBerry may be over. This is actually a significant concern for the BlackBerry maker RIM as their home based in Waterloo has always provided a loyal customer base.

    A data report provided by Bloomberg show and IDC shows that 2.08 million BlackBerry's were shipped last year in Canada compared to 2.85 million units for Apple's iPhone. The numbers compared to 2008 are quite staggering as RIM outsold Apple almost 5 to 1.

    Declining Sales

    There has been concerns about RIM's U.S market slipping, but to see it slipping in the mother land is never a good thing. Sales in both U.S. and Canada fell significantly over the past year, and have been struggling to catch up ever since. Even RIM's worldwide sales have started to slip away.

    Most analyst predict that RIM will report a fourth-quarter loss when they announce their results next week. With stocks at an all time low RIM has to do something.

    A Steady Bounce Back

    Instead of small device spurts throughout the year RIM needs to deliver at least one device that will leave consumers wanting more. The time is ripe for RIM to make a move, as Apple released an new iPad and iPhone that really weren't that much different from previous generations. However it seems as though we wont be seeing that kind of device from RIM until the fall.

    All hope still is not lost for BlackBerry as it still has a very strong presence in Latin America, the Middle East and South East Asia. There are still quite a few loyal BlackBerry users, but RIM still has to make sure to cater to their needs plus the needs of new consumers.

    The time is ripe for RIM to catch up with its competitors, and BlackBerry 10 may just be that device that consumers simply can't resist.

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    by Published on 03-22-2012 02:54 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    The popular weather app BeWeather from BellShare has just showed up in App World today for the BlackBerry PlayBook! BeWeather HD brings a ton of customization options to modify its looks, and default weather parameters. Set custom background images or stick with the eye-candy high definition animations portraying current weather conditions. BeWeather HD can be downloaded for only $4.99 in BB App World.

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    by Published on 03-22-2012 12:16 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Files & Folders just received a major update today to v4.0.2. This app for PlayBook is a file explorer & manager with integrated Box.net, Dropbox, Google Docs, ZIP, E-mail send feature. With Files & Folders you can explore and manage the content on your BlackBerry PlayBook with ease. Plus, you can try in now for free or purchase for only $2.99!Head to the forums to discuss and see the complete changelog.
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    by Published on 03-21-2012 03:48 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    After many BlackBerry users in the UK were disappointed to find that BBM Music v1.1 would not be available to them, many (okay, all) will be happy to know that with the v1.2 upgrade, BBM Music will add availability to Beta Zone members in the UK. Another perk of this update would be that the BBM Music has gotten a face lift! These are the features you'll find in the updated beta app:
    • Invitation requests - view songs and friends in common before accepting or declining a request
    • "Favorite" songs and contacts - let everyone know which songs and people you enjoy most
    • Intelligent shuffle - shuffle songs based on songs, genre, artist, song popularity, album, contact, release year or recently added
    • Default friend - new users will have a default friend listed under their contacts
    • Applications enhancements - current users will notice notification, start up performance, and accessing account information improvement


    For now v1.2 is only an eligible program in Beta Zone (only for US, Canada, and UK users), but the fact that the beta app is now capable of use in the UK is a good sign that the official version following this one will inevitably bring many new UK users to the BBM Music world. If you're itching to try this beta app, just remember that you have to currently have a BBM Music subscription to actually use the app, if you don't, sign up today! With a pretty new look and the addition of my fellow BlackBerry users across the Atlantic, BBM Music gets even better as the days go on.
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    by Published on 03-21-2012 03:22 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    We reported last month that WordPress was working on update v1.6 for BlackBerry. Now, WordPress is allowing users to join in the public beta and download v1.6! This new version has a revisited UI and some great new features that trumps the previous v1.5. Let us know how this version works for you, and don't forget to leave some feedback!



    Note: If you are using OS 7.1 you may get a "907 invalid COD" error if trying to download via OTA. To fix this, you may need to copy the jad and all cod files to your memory card, and then open jad from there in order to install. Thanks to Greg @alwaysaterrier for figuring this out.
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    by Published on 03-21-2012 06:34 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    There have been rumors circulating that there would be another BlackBerry Curve model coming out, but it they never really made it mainstream. Interestingly this new model the Curve 9320, has stayed relatively quiet on the internet. The Curve series have been one of RIM's most popular devices series.

    One of the interesting things about this entry-level BlackBerry is that it is shown having a dedicated BBM button. As far as what's under the hood, there wont be any surprises here as it is said to have some pretty basic hardware. The QVGA non touchscreen and 512 MB of RAM, along with a 3.2MP camera make up the guts of this model.

    Despite its low specifications the 9320 does bring us a couple nice features like the dedicated BBM button and a strategically placed microSD slot that allows for hot swapping. It would be nice to see a dedicated BBM button on future devices from RIM

    Launch date and pricing are unknown at this time, but it is said that we could see this device released within the next few weeks. If you are looking for a starter BlackBerry device it would be worth checking this one out, as for the power users this ones not for you.



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    by Published on 03-20-2012 10:46 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    S4BB Limited has released a brand new version of our Battery Booster for your BlackBerry Smartphone: Battery Booster 3.0! Free app Smart WiFi 2.0 included; worth $4.99!

    Battery Booster 3.0 Features:

    • Enhanced battery Life: extend the current battery run time of your BlackBerry Smartphone!
    • Easy to use: just click "Optimize Power Consumption" and make your choices!
    • Fully customizable to your habits: adjust the settings to your preferences!
    • NEW! - Lightweight Background Operation: Battery Booster now runs silently without application icon in background. Thus, saving 30% more power compared to version 2!
    • NEW! - SmartWiFi 2.0: exclusively for Battery Booster, the brand new SmartWiFi version 2.0 is packaged into it (worth $4.99).


    Existing users of Battery Booster 2.x can upgrade for $0.99 only. New users can purchase Battery Booster 3.0 for $4.99 with free updates within version 3 (all 3.x updates are free of charge).

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    by Published on 03-20-2012 07:34 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Hedone from i-Mentalist just let us know about their new released app, Talk To You Later. Talk To You Later is a small but powerful app with three very important phone call features; Reply to a caller with SMS (or PIN on BlackBerry) when you are not able to respond to a call, stop numbers you don’t want ever to call you again (Junk numbers), and autorespond when you are on a meeting or you just wanna be unavailable for some time.

    Features include:

    • Add any number of messages to select from
    • Autoresponder with timer
    • Notification icon when Autoresponder is ON
    • Autoresponder SMS or PIN reply message
    • Autoresponder connected to social networks
    • Junk numbers
    • Import/Export your messages
    • History of actions and responses
    • Export history to CSV


    Purchase this app for only $0.99 in BB App World!

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    by Published on 03-19-2012 10:33 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Living deep in the heart of Texas, there's one thing that we can never plan for: the weather. Needless to say, dressing to accommodate the weather ...is impossible. And I'm not even exaggerating. Because of this, I am always needing to stay to date with the current weather situation. For example, I've been sitting in the library and had no idea that there was a tornado nearby. How nearby? I don't know yet. Good thing I have my trusty BeWeather app! It is by far the best weather app I have ever had the pleasure of downloading on my BlackBerry and I use it dozens of time a day on average.

    My trusty BeWeather app was fortunately updated earlier today to v2.6.17 and includes a fix with issues regarding background auto-updates. If you need a reliable weather app, I highly recommend BeWeather! To add to the excitement, the paid version (normally $9.99) is FREE right now, compliments of BlackBerry. Sure you can get the original BeWeather Free, but I would hop on over to App World and download the complimentary BeWeather now!

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    by Published on 03-18-2012 11:51 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News

    Have you ever wondered where the biggest BlackBerry store is in South East Asia? Wonder no more and check out the BlackBerry story opening in Gandaria City, Jakarta, Indonesia. Enjoy a little music by Mike Rizzo in the video as well. Let us know if you get a chance to check out the new BB store!

    For more info on the store, click here: http://bit.ly/GandariaCityBB
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