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    by Published on 06-06-2012 04:53 PM
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    The popular free photo editing app, Photo Studio, has just been updated to v0.9.9 for both BlackBerry Smartphones and the PlayBook. Photo Studio is created by the KVADGroup, and is compatible for BlackBerry Smartphones running OS 5.0 and higher, as well as PlayBook OS 2.0 and higher. Here is the changelog for this updated version:

    • 27 new amazing effects!
    • New “Summer Frames” pack
    • Color Splash editor (available as BETA for devices with touch screen)
    • New user interface with lightbox for your photos and so on
    • Fix for processing portrait photos (OS 6 and higher)
    • Now you can configure some of the effects (Grayscale, Draft and Sketch)
    • Widescreen frame is added to default pack of frames

    You can download Photo Studio for free in BlackBerry App World. Smartphone version and Tablet version have a few differences.

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    by Published on 06-06-2012 05:12 AM
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    BlackBerry has once again won the hearts of the South African youth as it remains the "Coolest Brand" in the Sunday Times Generation Next 2012 brand Survey Awards. In addition, BlackBerry also topped the list of " Coolest Cellphone" and "Coolest High-Tech Gadget". We already know BlackBerry is the coolest smartphone out there and its nice to know our friends in South Africa agree.Winning the eighth annual Generation Next Brand Survey Awards " Coolest Brand", marks the second year in a row that BlackBerry has dominated smartphone popularity in South Africa.

    “BlackBerry smartphones are designed to look cool and stylish, yet are packed with excellent features such as social networking and instant messaging”, and “The brand also offers a choice of smartphone models, ranging from full-featured entry level devices right through to premium smartphones, giving users a wide range of choices suitable to their lifestyles and budgets.” says Lanie Visser, RIMS Marketing Director for South Africa.

    It's nice to see BlackBerry moving in another positive direction. Take a look at the full press release here.


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    by Published on 06-06-2012 12:28 AM
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    The free Google+ app for BlackBerry, made by Smarter Apps, has just been updated to v1.0.59. This update is mandatory for the app to function correctly. Apparently Google keeps changing things around on the G+ side, and these kind of updates are necessary to continue using the G+ network. While you all are at it, be sure to follow BlackBerryOS on our Google+ account page for all the latest and greatest in BlackBerry!


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    by Published on 06-05-2012 11:51 PM
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    The web based Twitter client, Twimbow, has announced they will release their first mobile app on day one for BlackBerry 10 OS smartphones when they launch later this year. Twimbow is a web application that helps any social media user to engage their network of friends more effectively, by organizing and enriching their conversations online. Twimbow also has a feature where you can organize your contacts by certain colors, allowing you to filter out what is most relevant and important to you.

    Twimbow has laid out the 5 reasons why they are going to start their app with the BlackBerry 10 OS in a blog post. These reasons include:

    1. BlackBerry 10 is the most open OS available for smartphones, way more than Android (and capable of running Android apps as well). The set of tools developers can use is incredible and you can basically port any app to that OS very easily.
    2. HTML5 performance: as many tests already confirmed, HTML5 performance on BlackBerry 10 is far superior than iOS or Android. It is actually outstanding. Given that Twimbow is a rich HTML5 app, porting it to BB10 is very easy and can offer incredible performances to our users
    3. BB10 is capable of running an HTML5 app as a native app, with a deep integration with the OS (notifications, BBM integration, UI etc.) and taking advantage of the real multi-tasking capabilities of the BB10 OS, something not available in other smartphones.
    4. the opportunity to be in the BB App World for the BB10 launch is huge, so we want to be there.
    5. some of the countries that are very important for Twimbow are historically very important for BlackBerry as well. An example? Indonesia, #2 country in terms of Twimbow registered users and now #1 in terms of daily users.

    So check out the video demo above of the early BlackBerry 10 version of Twimbow and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
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    by Published on 06-05-2012 11:30 PM
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    Things must be going great in BlackBerry Developer circles, as RIM is adding additional cities to the upcoming BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour. With five cities sold out - Santa Clara, New York, Toronto (selling out in less than 24 hours!!), London and Berlin, there seems to be a huge interest in BlackBerry 10, causing a larger than expected demand. ...
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    by Published on 06-05-2012 08:55 PM
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    The makers of the much anticipated DJ mixing app coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook, have announced on Twitter that their app, Pacemaker, will be ready to download via App World on June 14th. Pacemaker is also launching exclusively to the BlackBerry PlayBook platform. Sorry iPhone and Android users, suckaz. If you haven't heard much about Pacemaker, check out this video of "God's Will" demoing the app in a performance at BlackBerry World 2012.
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    by Published on 06-05-2012 01:51 PM
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    Twitter for BlackBerry has been updated to version 3.1.0.11 in the Beta Zone. There are some bug fixes and changes in this version so be sure to update when you get a chance. The following is the current change log:


    • Cannot press 'L' to reply to all in Tweet
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    by Published on 06-04-2012 06:40 AM
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    Official OS 5.0.0.1096 has been released for the BlackBerry Curve 8520 from Redington. If you have a Curve 8520 get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh new OS, and as always, be sure to let us know about your findings and fixings in the comments below!


    Note:The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.

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    by Published on 06-04-2012 05:23 AM
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    RIM recently released the BlackBerry Music Gateway, and although its stayed under the radar this little device has a lot to offer. The 60mm x 37.5mm devices will allow you to " Experience music your way". Through Bluetooth and NFC technology, the BlackBerry Music Gateway will seamlessly stream your music from your BlackBerry smartphone or computer. Yes, it even works with other alternate phone brands.

    The device will set you back about $50 bucks, but has the NFC feature exclusive to BlackBerry devices. Which means you can tap to connect to the device through NFC. Some additional features include, wireless playback, device remote control through paired phone, easy connections, and compatible with most online services. If you're looking to purchase BlackBerry Music gateway you can find it at the BlackBerry Store Front.



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    by Published on 06-04-2012 04:23 AM
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    The Alec Saunders world tour continues in Southeast Asia and the Pacific in support of getting more and more developers to develop for BlackBerry 10. Today's stop takes the Vice President of Developers Relations to Indonesia. Promoting the wonders of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating ...
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    by Published on 06-02-2012 09:30 AM
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    A dull grey building, with no signs in Canada that is owned by RIM, has the locals wondering what exactly is going on inside this newly built structure. The building is located at a remote location far from RIM's Waterloo campus, and no one really knows what's going on there. A new HQ or a company "think tank" have been among some of the guesses.

    RIM's Corporate Communications Manager, Rebecca Freiburger, stated that “a number of people from varying business units are housed there," and that "it was decided a sign was unnecessary, as there isn’t a need for visitors to know its location." Although RIM has remained coy with inquiries regarding the building, there are other clues that may give us a little more information. According to research done by TheRecord, a report from Colliers International listed the building as RIM's headquarters.

    Over the years RIM has always remained quiet about their real estate investments, and have spent quite a bit of money on it. Whatever this building is being used for, it's clear that RIM has something to do with it. Is it a secret testing lab for BB 10? A secret research center for future devices? We will probably never know, but it's always fun speculating.


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    by Published on 06-02-2012 08:42 AM
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    Canada, you'll be getting the Curve 9320 on June 4th!! The new BlackBerry with the dedicated BBM button will be made available on the Virgin Mobile network. This could be the phone for you to tide you over until the BlackBerry 10 phone hits so, if you are looking for a new BlackBerry, ...
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    by Published on 05-31-2012 06:39 PM
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    Note to developers, start paying attention to whether you apps is a battery sucker or not. Why?... Upcoming versions of BlackBerry Device Software version 7.1.0.x introduce a new service that monitors BlackBerry applications for system resource abuse, that cause your battery to drain to quickly. This service is called Application Resource Monitor. The feature will be optional and set to work by default so that any user who installs the OS will automatically be protected by the Application Resource Monitor.

    This new feature is designed to help consumers get the most battery life out of their BlackBerry smartphone by closing applications that are abusing resources leading to noticeable battery drain. By developers following certain steps, they can ensure that your application behaves like a good citizen on the device and is never noticed by Application Resource Monitor.

    Read on for more details posted from the BlackBerry Dev Blog, on what do to, and how it works...

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 05:36 PM
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    Good news for RIM!! Today a Canadian Federal Court ruled that Research In Motion can continue using the BBM acronym even though the actual trademark has been in use by BBM Canada, who sued RIM, for sixty years.

    On a spate of down news that has been the plaguing RIM recently, ...
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    by Published on 05-31-2012 12:20 PM
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    Southeast Asia, already a hotbed for BlackBerry phones, is seeing a new addition to the BlackBerrry lineup. Now the ultimate in BlackBerry luxury, the P'9981 Porsche design BlackBerry phone has been released in Singapore.

    I'd love to get my hands on this particular ...
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