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    by Published on 04-19-2012 08:59 AM
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    In an effort to help promote the Curve 9380, RIM is looking to cleanse the internet of its "blah-ness" by asking for your Awesomeness. The way this contest works is each week RIM will unlock a new task of Awesomeness to " awesomify" the inter-webs. Some previous
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    by Published on 04-19-2012 03:01 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps




    Advance OS and LED, by developer Sultan Al Sooz, is a super handy multi functioning app that can replace some of the bloated overpriced premium apps you already have installed on your device. This app is loaded with features and designed to take up minimum memory. A must have for app enthusiasts!

    Some of the features include:

    • Read your messages (BBM,Email,SMS) without opening any app or even touching your phone (will show contact name & picture, message time & text).
    • Know who is contacting you (BBM,Email,SMS,Call) and more (Battery,Network, All Apps Notifications) using just LED Light.
    • Backup, Restore & Email All Contacts (with photos), Export (Excel,Outlook,Gmail,Yahoo), Merge Duplicate contacts.
    • Schedule repeated audible Alerts for BBM,Email,SMS,Missed Calls,Battery (anything you miss but is important to get your attention).
    • Instant Shortcuts Launcher to start apps, open websites, call friends, automate your fav actions, display date, time, battery and wifi status from any screen.
    • Take Screenshots with no watermarks (even from apps with no menu, also popups screens).
    • Use Camera, LED or Screen Light as FlashLights with no time limits.
    • Keep screen light on for as long as you want when charging or by just pressing assigned key.
    • Provides a sound profile for your battery status (makes sound when you start, stop charging or full battery).
    • Wallpaper Changer will change your homescreen background (wallpaper) everytime you look at your screen.
    • Set call duration vibration reminders while in a call.
    • Prompt for call redial, and save unknown numbers after phone calls.
    • Set Auto Loud Speaker and vibrate on call connect and more.
    • Vibrate when pressing virtual or physical keypad.

    Check out and download Advance OS and LED application for BlackBerry devices FREE via BlackBerry App World!
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    by Published on 04-19-2012 12:56 AM
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    With the launch of the new Curve 9220, RIM has started to release commercials promoting the device. The first of these commercials has popped up today via the BlackBerry Youtube channel. With OS 7.1, Social Apps, FM radio support & dedicated BBM key, stop missing out on all that matter the most. Check out the all new BlackBerry Curve 9220 on BlackBerry's India website and also in the BlackBerryOS forums. Let us know what you think about the new video in the comments!
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    by Published on 04-18-2012 09:35 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Back in February, Kayak released a statement saying they would no longer provide support for their BlackBerry smartphone app. Apparently they didn't stay away from BlackBerry altogether, as we've seen the official launch of Kayak Travel For PlayBook today in App World. This repackaged/ported Android version brings an updated UI & more user-friendly menus.

    It is likely that Kayak decided to port this app due to the high demand of PlayBook users who requested it.


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    by Published on 04-18-2012 04:51 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    One of our inquiring minds on the BBOS team, @furiousguido, has just received an official answer from Skype via the @SkypeSupport twitter handle on the status of a Skype app coming to the PlayBook tablet. PlayBook users have had hopes that with the new and improved updates coming out for PlayBook, that we would see a Skype PlayBook app soon. Not the case, as Skype Support has tweeted that there are "no plans for BlackBerry PlayBook compatible Skype release."

    Be sure to leave your feedback to Skype on why the PlayBook should have a native Skype app. Let the riots begin!
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    by Published on 04-18-2012 04:27 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    S4BB Limited has released an all new application; App Task Manager for BlackBerry Smartphones. This handy utility application shows the user all the apps that are currently running. Even the apps that run silently in the background are shown in App Task Manager. Once opened, the user will get detailed information on the running apps like name, version, space and much more.

    App Task Manager Features:

    • Lists all applications that are running
    • Check information like name, version, vendor and more.
    • Control how much space each of your apps takes up in your device.
    • Know exactly what is running on your phone.
    • Switch to a running app to close it with just one click

    App Task Manager is available for just $0.99 via App World:



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    by Published on 04-18-2012 03:58 PM
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    Looking for some incredible networking opportunities? I would recommend you get to Orlando before the main event starts and book yourself a spot to the BlackBerry Appy Hour TweetUp the BlackBerry Information Exchange! These events, taking place before and during the conference, are going to have some hardcore BlackBerry devs and fans alike to expand your network of BB addicts. These types of meet-ups are also a great way to break the ice and start a 3 day bender... I mean conference. Continue reading to see all the juicy details on where, and how to make it to these events. And be sure to leave us a comment if you're attending so you can meetup with the BBOS team!

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    by Published on 04-18-2012 03:06 PM
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    To all our BlackBerry fans in India, the moment that you have been waiting for has finally arrived. The new BlackBerry Curve 9220 is now available! The rumor has come to an end as the addition to the OS 7 smartphones has been launched today. Surely, our BB fans in India are very much excited to get this amazing, unique and affordable smartphone. Check out the below press release for more information and be sure to let us know if you will be picking up one of these smartphones!

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    by Published on 04-17-2012 05:03 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Software
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    It has been a busy day for updates even BlackBerry Desktop Software is getting some love as version 7.0 bundle 59 has made its way to the Beta Zone. Yes, we know it has been a while since an update has been available for the Blackberry Desktop Software, but that does not mean RIM has forgotten ...
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    by Published on 04-17-2012 04:50 PM
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    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Accessories,
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    In preparation for the upcoming Mother's Day this year, RIM has compiled a list of great gift ideas for your own Mom. Everything from the tablet, apps, to accessories, RIM covers it all in this great list of ideas. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you have any Mother's Day gift ideas of your own!
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    by Published on 04-17-2012 04:34 PM
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    BlackBerry messenger has been updated to version 6.2.0.44 in BlackBerry App World. You should start to see the throughout the course of the day. As with any update through App World it may take some time to reach your device. As always you can always clear your cache performing a ALT +RST.

    Here is whats new with this release:

    • Enjoy a new selection of Animated Avatars
    • Send voice notes more easily back and forth – streamlined voice notes allow you to set your convenience key to BBM, highlight a contact (or while in a chat), press the key, record and send.
    • Simpler way to change your Name and Personal Message – click on profile and start updating inline.
    • Tagging is now even quicker – BlackBerry Tag enhancement allows for automatic invitations and accepting within BBM.
    • Improved Contact Search – search will ignore special characters and emoticons to pull up all relevant contact




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    by Published on 04-17-2012 09:21 AM
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    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    RIM has started to push out OS 2.0.1.358 for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Users should start seeing the update as an OTA soon on their PlayBook. This is actually a nice update that includes, Browser enhancements for certain websites, and improved support for Android apps. This is an update that I think we will all be happy with. Make sure you let us know your findings and fixes.

    According to the Inside BlackBerry Blog BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0.1.358 contains the following updates:

    • Browser enhancements to address performance with some websites
    • Improvements to support Android apps
    • Optimizations to Video Chat, PIM and BlackBerry Bridge applications
    • And much more!




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    by Published on 04-17-2012 06:30 AM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps

    And another one bites the dust. The visual voice-mail company YouMail has decided to part ways with BlackBerry. YouMail was recently updated to version 2.7.8 with many improvements to including the ability to ditch callers, new faster UI, and even completely removed ads from within the app. However despite, all of these improvements and bug fixes CEO Alex Quilici stated the release was "bittersweet", and that they were suspending doing and further work on the BlackBerry app.

    The reasoning behind this decision was that lack of BlackBerry users using the app. YouMail is listed among the top ten app in the productivity section of BlackBerry App World. Still, Quilici mentioned that his company has seen a steady decline with BlackBerry users over the past year. According to Quilici those users have moved to other mobile platforms like the iPhone and Android.

    YouMail has been a popular app among BlackBerry users. However, its exodus from BlackBerry leaves some concerns regarding the user base for BlackBerry apps. RIM has been actively interacting with developers over the past year to expand the native applications for its line of BlackBerry devices, and to provide to them the necessary tools to create high quality apps. Still, will there be enough interest in BB10?

    In the long-run the user base dictates whether or not a company will invest in making apps for a device. RIM may see an increase in independent developers, but what about larger development firms that have multiple apps? Will they see enough financial interest to move or keep developing for BlackBerry devices?

    The good news is that events like BB JAM, will help RIM with developer relations and interest. RIM's upcoming BlackBerry World 2012 is coming up soon and it will be interesting to hear what some of the keynote speakers have to say about the current state of BlackBerry. This is going to be a pivotal year for RIM and its user base, and one can only hope that they will remain faithful to BlackBerry.

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    by Published on 04-16-2012 05:22 AM
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    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News

    In an effort to promote and demonstrate NFC capabilities, RIM will be upgrading visitors at Dubai's Mobile Show 2012 to OS version 7.1. Visitors will be able to visit RIM's booth and have their OS 7 BlackBerry device upgraded free of charge. In addition RIM will also be giving away programmable NFC key rings that will allow users to enter their BlackBerry pin and share contact information simply by tapping another NFC enabled key ring. RIM has been actively promoting NFC technology since its adaption last year.

    If you are able to attend the two day conference here are some key highlights:

    April 17th
    • BlackBerry App Developer Masterclass: SanyuKiruluta, Team Lead, Developer Relations, RIM
    • “Why you should create a BlackBerry mobile application for your business” seminar: David Schifman, Director of Developer Marketing, RIM
    • “Near Field Communications”: Mike Al Mefleh, Director of Carrier Product Management, RIM

    April 18th
    • “Why developers should integrate messenger and social integration into their apps”: David Schifman, Director of Developer Marketing, RIM
    • BlackBerry App Developer Masterclass: SanyuKiruluta, Team Lead, Developer Relations, RIM
    • “Enterprise Mobility and Multiple Device Management”: Matthew Hands, Enterprise Channel Manager, RIM; and Robert Varty, Territory Sales Manager, RIM

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    by Published on 04-14-2012 04:19 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Only days after we reported WhatsApp received an update, the popular WhatsApp Messenger has now been updated again to v2.7.6401. If you have friends on Droids and iPhones who haven't seen the light enough to come to BlackBerry, this is a great multi-platform messenger app that will get you by as far as communicating with them via mobile. No changelog, so if you notice any findings/fixes, let us know in the comments!

    Minimum Requirements
    - BlackBerry OS 4.6 or above
    - BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) or BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES)



    If you have problems downloading from AppWorld, you can always download OTA from: www.whatsapp.com/ota/
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