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    by Published on 04-29-2012 02:32 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
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    We knew this was coming! Just a couple days ago we got our first look at the BB 10 Alpha dev device in which had us all questioning the physique and details of the body. Today, the device gets undressed a bit more as CB posts more leaked photos, yet again. This time showing some hardware features, and from different angles.

    Something else I ought to point out in the middle of all of this leaked photo pandemonium, is that the mockup I made of a BB 10 device looks strikingly along the same lines *snickers*. But I was going off of what we were told by RIM, that the device would look similar to the PlayBook. Amazing what fakes we saw along the way. Just riveting! But remember, this is just a Alpha device, and we are told by RIM that this device is not going to be the finished product BB 10 device to release this fall.

    It looks as though from the images that there is a HDMI, USB, and possibly a SIM or SD slot on one side. On the other the volume controls which most likely will model after the PlayBook's volume up/down and play/pause button in between. There is no buttons on the homescreen (yes!), which means that gestures are most likely going to be part of how the OS operates.

    I'm betting we see a few more leaked photos of the the actual OS in action before the BlackBerry 10 Alpha devices are given out at the BB 10 Jam conference on Wednesday. Stay tuned...

    Check out the other BB 10 Alpha pics in the forums, and let us know what you think about the leaked shots of the BlackBerry 10 Alpha Dev device in the comments!


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    by Published on 04-29-2012 03:01 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Last week, we received an updated PlayBook OS (2.0.1.358), and with a bit of investigative work we discovered that RIM had updated their preloaded/default apps for PlayBook. Zinio, a premier app for magazines now comes preloaded on PlayBook. Since it's release in mid-March, Zinio has grown exponentially in it's amount of users. It's great to see RIM creating this lasting partnership with Zinio.

    Zinio is the premier app for magazines, giving readers immediate access to thousands of global titles. Read and download single issues or subscriptions of your favorite magazines and sync your library to your home computer, smart phone and tablet seamlessly. Keep up with trending topics and stories from magazines like Rolling Stone, The Economist, Hello!, US Weekly, T3, Macworld, Travel + Leisure and many more.

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    by Published on 04-27-2012 03:38 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Update: Foursquare for BlackBerry has been updated again to v3.9.1 this afternoon. The only change is apparently a bug fix for OS 5 users.

    Now with NFC support of OS 7.1, Foursquare is now updated to v3.9! While on the go, you can easily tell friends where you are, share pictures, get their comments ("I'm right around the corner, I'll stop by to say hello"), and get insider tips and reviews ("order the Lobster Ravioli; it's the best dish by far."). Tons of places offer discounts and freebies to the foursquare community, and you earn points and badges for doing the things you love. If you want, you can easily post your proudest check-ins to Facebook or Twitter.

    This version of foursquare includes a few core improvements to the app:

    • Updated message notification support, now see your notification within your BlackBerry message list alongside your email and other app notifications.
    • Improved GPS logic
    • NFC support for OS 7.1 devices. Now share venue/tip via NFC or checkin.

    Be sure to let us know how this update works for you in the comments!

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    by Published on 04-27-2012 12:29 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices
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    Once again the mysterious BlackBerry 10 device deemed the BlackBerry London has made its way to the inter-webs. This time its not even the device, but its box that is causing quite the stir. Either way with any "leaked" image we always have to make sure we aren't quick
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    by Published on 04-27-2012 12:55 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Themes,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Can't wait to get to Orlando for the BlackBerry Jam and World events? Me neither! For now though, we can throw some bling on our device screens with the newly made BlackBerry Jam & World wallpapers done by @Pootermobile. As you can see from my screenshot below, these wallpapers look hot! Resolutions available are; PlayBook, 360×400, 360×480, 480×320, 480×360, 480×640, 480×800, 640×480. Pretty much for all devices. Head to the Pootermobile site now to download these wallpapers, and be sure to leave a comment saying thanks!




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    by Published on 04-26-2012 05:14 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Software



    Desktop Manager for Mac has just been updated to v2.3.1! With this update comes support to be able to synchronize your media files, backup and restore your data, and update software on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets running OS 2.0.1. Next time you fire up your DM for Mac, be sure to check for updates and get updated to this latest version. For more details on this release, see: BlackBerry Desktop Software - Manuals and Guides

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    by Published on 04-26-2012 12:45 PM
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    In BlackBerry App World today, Facebook has been updated to version 3.0.0.17 from the previous version of 3.0.0.15. Bug Fixes include a Wi-Fi issue and a freezing issue that some users have reported encountering. So, be sure to upgrade today! ...
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    by Published on 04-26-2012 04:18 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps
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    The ScoreMobile app has been updated to v1.8.9.4! And in addition to the Alert Server upgrade, there is a new "MyScore" feature that allows you to follow your fave teams and tracked games from different leagues, all on a single page. Also, ScoreMobile now has in-app BBM 6 integration. Share the game and trash talk with your friends!

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    by Published on 04-25-2012 06:00 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps
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    The popular multi-platform messaging app, Whats App Messenger, has been updated to v2.7.7067 today! The update can only be downloaded via the Whats App website OTA link (see below). No change-log either, so be sure to let us know your findings/fixes in the comments!

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    by Published on 04-25-2012 07:23 AM
    Categories:
    1. App Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry Games
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    Challenge yourself with this new and awesome 3D game called Tomb Escape by SolverLabs. This is very similar to the Temple Run game on the iOS device where you will have to escape from a dungeon full of indescribable monsters. Collect loads of coins along the way and defy death using power-ups ...
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    by Published on 04-25-2012 07:18 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News


    Gazelle, one of the largest electronic trade-in service has reported a massive spike in BlackBerry trade-ins. Gazelle's Chief Gadget Officer Anthony Scarsella seems to think that " Consumers could be starting to fear the end of the Canadian based device maker." Unfortunately Mr. Scarsella's opinions seem to seem to be shared by quite a few others, and the term "RIM is dead", has also been loosely.

    Scarsella goes on to say that the company's "data illustrates that BlackBerry trade-ins have risen 80% above the normal 30-day average since March 1st here at Gazelle [...] Consumers could be starting to fear the end of the Canadian based device maker. BlackBerry owners are indeed starting to dump their current smartphones before their beloved BBM and email support comes to a screeching stop if RIM collapse. The fear of rapid depreciation and unsupported devices has consumers upgrading to other platforms quicker than ever before.”

    One would have to be in denial if they did not see the sudden spike in BlackBerry trade-ins as a concern, but what about the comments about consumers fearing the end of RIM. Is there any truth to this? To be frank, there actually is, but for the wrong reasons. The fact is that consumers are suckers when it comes to going with whatever the media says. Comments like " RIM is dead" are simply not true and are based on the medias assumption rather than the cold hard facts. Last I checked a company that is worth over 7 Billion dollars was considered to be doing quite well, A dead company is bankrupt and simply can't move on, a dead company has no hope for a future, a dead company, has no plans for the future. I would venture to say that RIM has addressed all of those characteristics that mark a dead company.



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    by Published on 04-24-2012 09:30 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    About a week ago we reported that today, Tues the 24th, BlackBerry Beta Zone website was going to get a much needed redesign and it's finally happened! The overall redesign UI is more "blog-like" to give the site a overall easy navigational feel.

    The forums are also going to get a makeover so members can keep track of their latest posts, ect. The mobile interface will be much improved and easier to navigate, and a new 2 click feature will be implemented so it takes only 2 clicks to start new beta downloads.

    I for one am really exited for this redesign, and for sure we will see a much needed spike in the beta testing community to get active in making these native RIM apps how we'd like them.

    Are you a Beta Zone member/tester? Let us know what you think of this redesign in the comments! If not, get signed up today!

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    by Published on 04-24-2012 03:38 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    We've seen the conference guide app for BlackBerry World, now the same developers, The Active Network, have released a separate conference guide app for BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees! The BlackBerry 10 Jam Mobile Conference Guide is an easy way to look up the full breakout session catalog and read up on speakers and conference sponsors. As the event approaches, you will also be able to create your conference schedule and you won’t miss a beat with the apps Event Messages and social channels - all right from your BlackBerry device. This app will be your onsite tool to fill out surveys, view conference maps, and even connect with other people attending the conference. The app will automatically update when there are schedule changes, and synchronize with your conference calendar in the My Scheduler tool on your desktop.

    Note: Access to some advanced features, such as session scheduling and event messages, are restricted to registered attendees of the BlackBerry 10 Jam conference only.

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    by Published on 04-24-2012 03:14 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Themes,
    2. BlackBerry Software
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    The excellent theme designers of Hedone Design have let us in on a tip that Alec Saunders, VP developers relations at RIM, has told them that Theme Builder 7 should be expected to launch around the end of Q2 (month of June)! This is great news for not only theme developers, but for theme fans everywhere. No more half completed themes in App World, and now added support for all the recently launched devices since 2012. If you are a theme dev, get prepared and start getting your icons and wallpapers ready for the new Theme Builder 7 software!
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    by Published on 04-23-2012 05:37 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    BlackBerry 10 Jam is coming up soon, and if your a developer RIM wants you to be there. Alec Saunders RIM's VP Developer Relations, also wants you to be there. Attendees at BB10 Jam will receive a free BlackBerry 10 limited edition prototype device.

    In addition to the device there will be over 80 breakout sessions that developers can turn their attention to. If your a developer or thinking about developing for BlackBerry the decision to go is a no-brainer. Here is why RIM thinks you need to Jam with them:

    • Be the first to develop for the BlackBerry 10 platform.
    • Get a snapshot of the new things you can do with the BlackBerry 10 development platform. Learn about the unique capabilities of BlackBerry 10 to set your application apart.
    • Collaborate with your community. Learn, share and network with your peers. Make valuable connections that will make you even more successful with BlackBerry.
    • One-on-one expert guidance. Jam with BlackBerry platform experts and build a better app.

    For more information about BlackBerry 10 Jam you can head on over to www.blackberryjamconference.com.



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