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    by Published on 03-13-2012 06:33 AM
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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

    BlackBerry Social Media Rankings

    Give us a shout out in the BlackBerryOS forums on why you love being part of #TeamBlackBerry!
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    by Published on 03-09-2012 06:30 AM
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps

    If you live in the metropolitan capital region of the Philippines city Manila, then your traveling may have gotten a bit easier. With MMDA you can navigate with ease around the city.

    Take a look at some of the apps features:

    • Navigate your way through Metro Manila traffic
    • View the traffic situation in Map or Line View
    • Includes EDSA, C5, SLEX, Roxas Blvd, Ortigas, Commonwealth, Marcos Highway, Katipunan, Espana, & Quezon Ave.
    • View problem areas so you can avoid them
    • MMDA FAQs built-in for your guidance
    • Includes MMDA Directory
    • Download MMDA
    • Discuss this in the forum

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    by Published on 03-07-2012 06:43 PM
    1. BlackBerry Apps

    Listen to free personalized radio on your BlackBerry smartphone. Listen to over 100 expert-programmed radio stations or create your own custom stations from millions of songs. With a Slacker Radio Plus or Slacker Premium Radio subscription, you can store your favorite Slacker stations on your BlackBerry smartphone and listen even when you don’t have a wireless or Wi-Fi connection!

    New! With a Slacker Premium Radio subscription, you can search for songs, albums and artists and play them on demand! You can also browse the songs on Slacker stations and make customs playlists. Slacker Premium Radio gives you full control of your listening experience.

    Changes in version 4.1.65 of the Slacker Application:

    • Fixed playback issues for certain cached tracks
    • Fixed playback issues that could occur for some playlists

    Please Note: This update is currently available through BlackBerry App World only.

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    by Published on 03-07-2012 01:37 AM
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. Celebrity BlackBerry Sightings

    BlackBerry is proud to be in Singapore's latest movie production, Timeless Love 那个夏天. Find out what co-director Dasmond Koh thinks of his first movie-directing and how the BlackBerry Torch 9860 allows him to communicate smartly and easily during his hectic work life!

    Timeless Love premieres on 8th March 2012 in local cinemas.

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    by Published on 03-06-2012 06:38 PM
    1. BlackBerry Games,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook

    The islands of your Empire have been invaded, and only you and your war balloon can save them!! Tilt and swerve your balloon through an array of different missions and enemies. Use cannons, missiles and bombs to blast your way to victory! This is a Android based app that runs great with the new PlayBook Android Player!

    • Stereo sound effects as your enemies buzz around you and attack from all sides!Simple, fun, addictive gameplay.
    • No tutorials and complex controls - just point and shoot!
    • 40 levels spread over 4 different environments.

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    by Published on 03-06-2012 06:32 PM
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps

    In case you're out of the loop, SayIt for BlackBerry has been updated quite a few times as of recently. Not that it's a bad thing in the slightest. With an update always comes fixes and improvements, and it looks like the SayIt developers are genuinely determined to deliver the best app they can create. With the v1.3.5 update comes:

    • Automatic detection of BES, BIS, Direct Carrier TCP/IP, WiFi and auto-switch to WiFi (if available)
    • Connection issue fixes

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    by Published on 03-06-2012 06:21 PM
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Games

    If there's one thing that really gets my blood boiling, it's the lack of Words with Friends on my BlackBerry Bold 9900. While I'm easily one of the worst Scrabble-type game players, that has yet to extinguish any of the excitement I get from playing Fightin' Words. This app was originally developed by similar people (minus the horrible Scrabble skills) that were extremely put out by the lack of a decent game in this genre. If the update has yet to reach your BlackBerry, here's what changes:

    • Resolves issue of Create Account button not working properly
    • Added ability to go to login screen from the splash screen
    • App closure after exiting chat or swapping windows has been fixed

    Get out your BlackBerry and go head-to-head against your friends on BlackBerry or Android with Fightin' Words!

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    by Published on 03-06-2012 06:05 PM
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Games,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook

    Pixelated is a strategy game where the purpose is to eventually get all the blocks/pixels one color in less than 21 color changes. Starting in the left hand corner, each turn needs to be calculated perfectly so that as many surrounding pixels can join into the main group by being the same color. In all the time I've been playing Pixelated, I don't think I've ever seen an update, but this v3.1 comes with some new goodies:

    • Left-handed users can now more easily play on their BlackBerry Playbook
    • Send your best scores to Facebook and Twitter from your Blackberry OS 7 device

    I am 100%, without a doubt in my mind, addicted to Pixelated. Both fortunately and unfortunately I have yet to beat it. Half of me grows increasingly frustrated because I get so close to winning.. then I don't. However, the other half of me is so glad to have a game that I can't beat after having it for 30 minute. Yes, I have downloaded games that I expect to be remotely challenging, but I work my way through all the levels within a short amount of time, resulting in my having to delete an app because I can't go any further with it.

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    by Published on 03-06-2012 05:58 PM
    1. BlackBerry News

    As you may remember, RIM launched the BBM Challenge Council Program in October, which partnered aspiring young adults with some of today's top celebrity influencers, including Whitney Port and Hope Solo. With the success of the program - millions of youth tuned-in and thousands participated - RIM is running a second generation of the BBM Challenge Council.

    This generation, called The BlackBerry Challenge Council Project, will be led by popular comedic actors/producers Streeter Seidell and Amir Blumenfeld (best known for MTV’s Pranked and The two comedic actors will challenge today’s youth to compete in a series of five challenges over three months presented through webisodes. With the help of special celebrity guest cameos, including Greyson Chance and Leighton Meester, each Challenge Council webisode will examine a misconception or myth about BlackBerry smartphones and ask participants to help correct it. The webisodes will also highlight core features of the latest line of BlackBerry smartphones such as their social music capabilities and faster web browsing. Winning entries will be awarded prizes including tickets to exclusive events and all-inclusive trips or experiences with their friends.
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    by Published on 03-06-2012 06:38 AM
    1. BlackBerry News

    RIM has recently won an award for Competitive Strategy Leadership. The award given by Frost & Sullivan's Latin America division recognize's RIM's ability to implement competitive market intelligence in Latin America. RIM has recently enhanced its marketing strategy to appeal to more consumers.

    Here are some highlights from the press release:

    Based on its recent analysis of the mobile device management (MDM) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes BlackBerry® maker Research In Motion (RIM) with the 2011 Latin America Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Leadership. The Latin American smartphones market registered sales of 25.8 million units in 2011, representing a 73.5 percent growth rate over 2010. Currently, RIM is the company with the best competitive strategy and capabilities to make the most of the immense opportunities in the MDM market.

    RIM’s robust competitive strategy leverages its strong client base and brand awareness in the enterprise segment to upsell end-to-end mobile solutions, including leading-edge and highly effective MDM capabilities. RIM is truly a pioneer in terms of MDM and has been delivering top-of-the-line MDM solutions all over the world since 1999.

    "In Latin America, RIM has been focused on large enterprise accounts, small and medium businesses (SMBs), as well as government departments to increase their installed base and MDM clients," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Fernando Belfort "In addition, RIM’s acquisition of Ubitexx and its transformation to BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will empower clients to incorporate secure device management for other mobile platforms such as Android and iOS-based devices and tablets, all managed from a single Web-based console."

    Due to its strong presence in the MDM markets, RIM is recognized as a leading brand in Latin America among small, medium, and large organizations.

    "RIM’s impressive client base demonstrates the company’s ability to address the enterprise mobility needs of diverse verticals," noted Belfort. "Clients have a positive perception of RIM’s push technology, network and data usage efficiency and effectiveness, access to enterprise applications, and over 500 IT policies available through the company’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server solution."

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    by Published on 03-05-2012 06:40 AM
    1. BlackBerry Apps

    One could argue that Opera Mini is the best alternative browser for BlackBerry. Personally I use it and actually prefer it over the native browser at times. Personally I like that it renders some pages better than the native browser, and it seems to be faster as well. So needless to say I was happy to hear that version 7.0 has been released for the BlackBerry. Opera has always done a great job supporting BlackBerry devices, so its nice to see it being updated almost in sync with other platforms.

    Before you jump to the download, please note that Opera Next is sort of like a beta version of the "Next" release of Opera Mini. So it will install along side of your existing Opera Mini installation as a white icon. That way if it crashes or does not work correctly you can always remove it, and continue using the stable version.

    This version has quite a few features. Here are some of them taken from the change log:

    Opera Mini Next has the following new features:

    Smart Page

    The most visible new feature is perhaps the redesign of the start screen and the addition of Smart Page. This page gives you an overview of your favorite sites, latest updates from social networks (Twitter and Facebook), news gathered from your favorite sites (via their RSS feeds) and suggested links. Note that you can clear the Smart Page by selecting "Clear history" from the privacy settings.

    Support for more than 9 speed dials

    One common complaint has been the restrictions on the number of speed dials. We have now solved this and you can add as many as you like, or in practice as many as your device can handle. Synching your speed dials between desktop and Opera Mini should be a much nicer experience now. Note that there is a couple of known issue when synching with Opera Link. Speed dials may move around unexpectedly and the order can be inconsistent.

    We have also added a convenient way to add new speed dials: just press the star found in the address bar (touch devices only).

    Improved support for RTL

    Right-to-left text in UI elements should now be correctly drawn. We would like to fix as many of the these bugs as possible, so if you find issues, please report them.

    Tab improvements

    Tabs can now be closed with one click on touch devices. And when you close a tab, Opera Mini will switch to the last used tab.

    No more "www." in address bar

    Most sites today can be used without the WWW prefix. So we have removed it as well. The auto completion still supports it of course.
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