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    by Published on 03-15-2012 03:37 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    Lemma for PlayBook, one of the best free Twitter apps available to PlayBook owners via the BlackBerry App World at this time, was recently updated to version 1.1.8.

    A while ago, the v1.1.2 update was released, but unfortunately if you did not already have Lemma for PlayBook installed, you weren’t able to download it, at least that was the conclusion that I had unfortunately come to. But now, that has changed! Personally, I am ecstatic. The initial Lemma for PlayBook app that came already uploaded on my PlayBook was, to put it lightly, subpar. I wasn't happy with it in the slightest. While the updates didn't bring everything I was hoping for, the improvements were still significant.

    In v1.1.2:
    • New interface, including new colors, icons and less clutter
    • Scrolling improvements on the timeline
    • Smoother transition between pages
    • Compose Tweet/Reply With Message improvements
    • Added “View In App” functionality, powered by Readability v0.4.4 algorithm
    • New user tutorial to help grasp the unique style Lemma has to offer



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    by Published on 03-15-2012 03:22 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    If you're one of those people that loves to read the news, but hates having to carry around six different newspapers, this app is the one for you. It's allows you to sync up your Google Reader subscriptions right to your PlayBook so whatever you read on your PlayBook is marked on your desktop and vice versa.

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    by Published on 03-15-2012 02:44 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Ever heard of Dolphin Browser for PlayBook? In all honesty, I hadn't, that is until this huge scandal (I use the term lightly) surfaced. Apparently someone, not the developers, submitted Dolphin Browser to the BlackBerry App World and within a day of being accepted, the app was pulled after the developers were shocked to find the app in our App World that they had not submitted.

    After many disgruntled PlayBook users roared in protest after the brief stint in our App World which caused many users to fall in love with its Webzine and gesture-enabled mobile browser, it luckily was quickly added right back in (this time with the approval of the developers).

    Some of the other fun features that come with downloading this app include:
    • Gesture - personalize symbols you write with your finger on the screen that automatically take you to your favorite websites
    • Webzine - No ads, fast web page loading, simplified reading on mobile content (websites, blogs, news, etc.)
    • Speed Dial - With a single touch, visit your favorite sites
    • Tabbed browsing - Toggle between web pages super fast
    • SideBars - Making the best of mobile interface



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    by Published on 03-15-2012 02:11 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Poynt for BlackBerry is without a doubt my go-to app. It has everything you need in terms of resources right at your finger tips. Personally, I think this is the number one app for dating guys. Why? Because of all the different aspects that Poynt offers a person. From movie times, gas prices, local businesses and directions, to weather, making dinner reservations and even searching for special offers near you, this app really allows a guy to seem even more awesome than he obviously is. So boys (and girls), if you want to impress your new lady (or man) friend, let Poynt point you in the direction of a successful relationship, or okay, a good dinner deal.

    The v1.8.6 update includes:

    • WhatGas (UK) timestamp is represented by elapsed time instead of date
    • Making reservations now available for France and Spain
    • Canadians can now search gas prices
    • Deal and offers are included inside the Restaurant tab
    • Online food ordering and menu capability in the US
    • Touchscreen models now have larger icons
    • 9790/9380 support
    • TeleNav library update



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    by Published on 03-14-2012 04:27 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    S4BB Limited just released a new update for Signal Booster; Signal Booster 3.1. This easy to use application is ideal for people who often find themselves in poorly covered network areas. Signal Booster allows you to get the most out of the available signal. Simply press the "Boost!" button. The application then resets your voice, data and internet connection. The best possible reception is chosen and your connections come back up again automatically. Signal Booster 3.1 can increase your BlackBerry signal strength with a stunning 60%!

    Signal Booster 3.1 Features

    • Optimizes BlackBerry radio usage
    • No device reset required. Therefore a lot faster than everything else
    • Signal level shown in menu & can be accessed from any native or third party application
    • Improved stability & performance; up to 60% signal strength gain
    • Easy to use interface


    Signal Booster 3.1 is available for $4.99 at BlackBerry App World.


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    by Published on 03-14-2012 01:55 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Its been a busy day for Beta Zone members. RIM has now released BBM version 6.2.0.15. RIM is always tweaking its popular messaging program, and just when you thought they could not possible add anything more they always surprise us. Be sure to head on over to the Beta Zone to get this update.

    Here are the new features and enhancements for BlackBerry Messenger 6.2:

    Animated display pictures - More animated display pictures are now built into BBM. Change your picture to suit your mood.

    Change your name or message inline - You can quickly change your name or status message without leaving your contact list by clicking the text at the top of the screen. To exit inline editing, just scroll down.
    You can still access your profile screen by clicking your display picture.

    Streamlined voice notes - When your convenience key set to open BBM, if you highlight a contact in BBM and press the convenience key, you can start recording a voice note. Once you're done, pressing the
    convenience key again will send the voice note. Group chats. You can return to the default
    color at any time.

    BlackBerry Tag enhancements - Adding contacts has never been easier. If your BlackBerry smartphone supports NFC technology, you can turn on the Allow Automatic Invitations by Tapping option. Then, as
    long as you or someone else has BBM open, you can add each other as contacts by
    aligning the backs of your smartphones.

    This feature requires that you both have the latest version of BBM installed on
    smartphones that support NFC technology.

    Resend a message - If a message didn't send (for example, if your smartphone was outside of a wireless
    coverage area), you can highlight the message and select Resend from the menu.

    Search - When typing the name of a contact or group, the search ignores special characters and
    emoticons to make it easier to find what you're looking for.


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    by Published on 03-14-2012 10:59 AM


    UPDATE: The LTE PlayBook is also made an appearance in the FCC reports and shows support for AT&T

    We have been hearing for a while now about RIM's new HSPA+ (3G) capable PlayBook, and it looks as though some of the first steps are being processed to make this happen. The FCC has recently processed a request from RIM to get it's tablet through its vigorous approval process. The list of documents from the FCC show the PlayBook being tested at various frequencies, and SAR tests. The date of completion of these tests is in December so this could mean that an HSPA+ capable PlayBook is closer than we think.

    If you are interested in reading the complete reports you can find them here:


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    by Published on 03-14-2012 10:29 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps




    Twitter for BlackBerry has been updated to version 3.0.0.16, and has quite a few changes. This updated is only available to Beta Zone members, so if you don't have an account head on over to the Beta Zone and setup and account.

    In case you did not know here are some of the features of T4BB:

    • BBM Connected App Integration
    • New Tweet Layout
    • Twitter Photo Service Support
    • Automatic Link Shortening
    • Promoted Tweets
    • Improved Notifications for Wi-Fi Only Users

    Please see below for fixed issues in Twitter for BlackBerry client version 3.0.0.16:

    • Loading spinner persists after sending a Tweet
    • BBM is prompting user to update their status twice after uploading a photo
    • Unable to open links from Social Feeds
    • Phantom DM notification
    • Prompted with "Uncaught exception: Application net_rim_bb_twitter (309) is not responding; process terminated" after app hang
    • Promoted Tweet - Dismiss is still available in the menu and GCM when viewing the profile of the promoted Tweet user
    • BlackBerry Bridge "Open Link On PlayBook" does not work for Twitter (but does for all other BB apps)
    • Memory leak after changing options
    • Uncaught exception when opening the Messages
    • Need error message to indicate when an account is suspended
    • Unable to see top trending lists beyond the basic 'worldwide' list
    • The Favorite counter is not accurate after click follow and then unfollow many times quickly
    • Map it doesn't work for any location on the 9930
    • Twitter not showing up in the Send menu after upgrading device OS
    • "Are you sure you want to dismiss this tweet?" > T in Tweet is not capitalized
    • Create New List - description text it is cut at the bottom of the edit field


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    by Published on 03-13-2012 02:44 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    A few days ago we found out that the BlackBerry Mini keyboard was available for pre-sale. Now this nice little keyboard is available at ShopBlackBerry.com for select locations worldwide. We have been waiting quite a while now for an official keyboard to come out from RIM, and first heard about it at the BlackBerry Innovation forums in Washington DC late last year.

    Bluetooth devices have been a hit or a miss when it comes to solid connectivity to the PlayBook so I am looking forward to this one that is designed by RIM. The keyboard is actually pretty feature rich. Here are some highlights taken from the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog . You will want to check out the video at the end as well.

    Multi-touch Control

    BlackBerry Mini Keyboard comes equipped with a touchpad to allow you to navigate your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Tap the touchpad to simulate a mouse click, tap with two fingers to right-click, and scroll vertically using a two-finger up or down swipe. These gestures make it a breeze to get up and running and begin interacting with the device as well as apps like the Citrix Receiver.

    Ultimate Portability


    The portability of the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with the convertible case provides a mobile computer solution that’s easy to take with you. An added benefit is the screen real estate available to you when using the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

    Security and Power

    BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is designed to connect via Bluetooth® to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and features 128-bit encryption to help keep the connection secure. You can charge your BlackBerry Mini Keyboard using your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charger to keep things simple and remove any need for extra wires and equipment. But that’s not even the best part – the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard can last up to 30 days on a single charge depending on your usage!The keyboard working along with the Citrix Receiver enables users to have their desktop any place at anytime.


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    by Published on 03-13-2012 07:01 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    Surfs up as it looks like RIM is surfing its way to the the land down under by sponsoring the Surfaid Ball. The Surfaid Ball is a festive evening with world champion and professional surfers. The event is to support the work of Surfaid. Surfaid is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions. The program uses surfing as a means to connect with their cause. Its nice to see BlackBerry being apart of such a great cause. Take a look at their promotional video below.
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    by Published on 03-13-2012 06:33 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    The pan-African mega telecommunications company Vodacom has recently updated their terms and conditions. Many time carriers will adjust their terms and conditions and hit users with some finance fee or add some legal terms to keep them from being sued. However Vodacom to its terms and conditions as step further.

    Vodacom has updated it's terms and conditions for BlackBerry usage to ensure that no users will be allowed to transfer content received when browsing on their BlackBerry. Section 3 of their BlackBerry usage policy states the following:

    3. Off-device Terms of use policyContent acquired in the manner of on-device browsing or downloading may not be transferred off the intended device for utilisation or consumption on another device. Utilisation of content acquired in this manner will be constituted as inappropriate behaviour on your part and Vodacom may at its discretion, take such steps against you as the circumstances require, including initiating legal proceedings against you. Making a backup of the content acquired on your Blackberry smartphone for the sole purpose of restoring it to the same device is allowed.
    So what does this mean? For starters it means that users on the Vodacom wont be able to transfer any content that they downloaded from their BlackBerry browser. That means if you get caught downloaded a picture or music or any other content you could be sued. Ridiculous, absurd, outrageous may be the words to describe this policy.

    The real problem here is other mobile carriers embracing these new terms. Imagine being sued over those Facebook pictures you downloaded or that video clip you wanted to share with a friend. It's said that these new terms and conditions were put in place to prevent BIS usage to download movies and TV shows that are then watched on other devices. Whatever the reason is for the updated terms and conditions it is not going over well with consumers.




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    by Published on 03-12-2012 02:42 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    ScoreMobile has been updated to version 1.8.7. If your a sports fan you already know that ScoreMobile is one of the best apps for tracking your favorite sports team. The app has been updated to include some bracket features and some minor bug fixes.

    Here are the list of changes:


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    by Published on 03-12-2012 06:48 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News

    The joys of creative marketing never seem to end, and it seems as though RIM has come along way since its comical Be Bold Team of cartoon like characters that failed to appeal to today's youth. RIM has taken a beating from the media, journalists and analysts who have had their way with RIM's inability to appeal to its younger consumers.

    RIM hasn't taken this lightly and has come out with some weapons of their own. Enter, the dynamic duo, Mr. Amir Blumenfeld and Streeter Seidell. Both are from the popular website collegehumor.com that provides viewers with endless hours of risqué entertainment. Together they will provide a double threat of humor and "shut down BlackBerry trash talk once and for all."

    RIM has not mentioned exactly what roles Amir and Streeter will be playing, but they will be a part of RIM's Challenge Council Project. The challenge council project is RIM's marketing campaign geared towards youth. Both Amir and Streeter have a large following among teens, and RIM is hoping to capitalize on both men's ability to connect with a younger audience.

    One can only imagine whats in store with these guys on board. RIM is making more of an effort to build back its street credibility, and is encouraging people to "check out their bios and sign up to be the first to know when these guys start putting BlackBerry naysayers on blast."
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    by Published on 03-10-2012 12:34 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    We reported recently that RIM was giving away free premium apps in App World to US subscribers in attempts to bolster BlackBerry OS 7 smartphone sales in the US. As I was checking my email today it looks like RIM has stepped up the advertising campaign a bit with a mass email outlining the promo. Although this sucks for the rest of BB users around the world, it's nice to see RIM trying to step up their game among the US market where they have continually fallen in numbers. The total value in apps being given away is $77.00 and can be downloaded free until May 31st. BlackBerry OS 7 users only.

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    by Published on 03-09-2012 04:01 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    #TeamBlackBerry surpassed 25 million fans across all BlackBerry social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, the Inside BlackBerry Blogs and other global and regional social networks! All regions have set new milestones for fans and followers in the new year, further supporting why BlackBerry ranks among the top brands in the world in social media.

    #TeamBlackBerry Social Media Fans by Geographic Property

    • Europe Middle East and Africa: 2.2 million+
    • Latin America: 4.4 million+
    • Asia Pacific: 4.2 million+
    • Corporate / North America: 16.3 million+
    • Total: 27.1 million fans and followers globally


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    Give us a shout out in the BlackBerryOS forums on why you love being part of #TeamBlackBerry!
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