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    by Published on 03-27-2012 02:18 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News


    We are just over a month away from BlackBerry World 2012, & BlackBerryOS will providing tons of live coverage as Joe Jerde & I will be attending this year!

    If you're as excited as I am for this event, you're probably curious on why you should also be attending & what RIM might announce?

    Rory O'Neill, RIM VP of Product Marketing has posted a quick 60 second teaser video talking about RIM future with BlackBerry 10 & what it means to developers, mobile carrier partners & such.


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    by Published on 03-27-2012 10:56 AM
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    1. Leaked OS




    Just in: OS 7.1.0.340 for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 has leaked online! Nice to see this leak coming to Bold 9930 users. Now get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh upgrade, and don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know how it works for you!


    Warning: Please remember that this IS NOT an official release operating system. If you wish to install this OS keep in mind that this may cause your phone to not function correctly. If you are not comfortable and/or unsure as how to upgrade to this OS and need assistance, please click the link below.


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    by Published on 03-26-2012 03:17 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors



    On Thursday RIM's CEO Thorsten Heins will be releasing RIM's fourth-quarter results to the public, and his first as RIM's new CEO. As analysts and investors hurry to write off another poor quarter there are other things that need to be considered before this one is counted as a loss. RIM's marketing and financial dismay has been a hot topic on Wall Street over past year.

    The cry for change by some may have been answered earlier this year when RIM's then Co-CEO's Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down. The replacement Chief Operating Officer Thorsten Heins, vowed to improve the current situation by increasing market value, but still embraced the philosophy of his predecessors of "not sacrificing long-term value for short-term gain".

    Whether or not that philosophy is key to RIM's success will be determined over the next few quarters, but not this one. The bottom line is that Mr. Heins's simply has not had adequate time to turn a large company like RIM around.

    Impractical Expectations

    Unrealistic expectations fuel most of the impracticable views of RIM. There are two views that shape RIM, and they are from two completely different spectrum's. The two views can be further broken down into two groups The BlackBerry Community, and Financial Investors, the latter of the two being the driving force behind RIM's public image. The fact is that investors simply look at where the dollar is today they don't care about hopes and dreams or what could happen they care about whats going on in Wall Street right now with the dollar.

    The BlackBerry community on the other hand looks beyond the financial circumstances and are more concerned about what a device can offer them. Apps, games, utilities, social connections, and functionality mold the opinions of this group. Although the cost of devices does factor in at times, it's not necessarily the underlying factor of their perception of a company.

    The problem is the expectations and opinions of investors and bankers trump those of the BlackBerry community, but isn't that the way its supposed to be. Not necessarily there was a time were the BlackBerry community was larger than it is today, and had a much bigger impact on how the public viewed RIM. The larger the community the better chance of survival devices have of succeeding.

    The Doom And Gloom Blues

    Let's just forget about the doom and gloom blues for a second and focus back on the bigger picture. Change takes time, and before people start writing RIM off they need to remember the old cliché " Rome was not built in a day" neither was RIM. The fact is, changes on this level take days, months, and sometimes even years.

    Yes, we all know that RIM delayed the BlackBerry 10 devices. Let RIM take their time releasing a superior device to the masses that will blow out the competition. Let developers take their time reviewing and analyzing the device so they can create high quality apps and get familiar with a new UI.

    We already know that RIM is giving BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees a prototype device. In addition, the BB 10 Native SDK, WebWorks SDK, Adobe Air SDK, and Android SDK will also be available. So what does this mean. It means that developers only have a few months to get familiar with BB 10. Considering we are expected to see a BB 10 device later in the year, is it really enough time for developers to get familiar with BB 10?

    A New Start

    RIM has a new start, and it began at the top, and they need time to get off the ground. That new start is BB 10, the excitement and the interest from the public is there once again. BB 10 is chance for RIM to really take advantage of the public's interest. Maybe RIM instead of releasing just one super phone release two, and leave us wanting more, perhaps even announce a series.

    Gaining momentum and rolling with it will be key for RIM to bounce back. Yes, RIM will most likely announce some missed targets, but it's still early for the new team at RIM.
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    by Published on 03-26-2012 06:24 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    PlayDoom for PlayBook has been updated to v1.0.9. Users will find this update satisfying as it fixes control issues that were creating erratic behavior. I've tried it out for a bit and so far things are running overall a bit smoother.

    The full changelog is:

    - A major control issue eliminated, no more erratic behaviour while looking around. In the next updates I plan to solve the remaining issues and I'm also working on a completely new control method.
    - Improvements to the help menu, it should be more useful in explaining the controls.

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    by Published on 03-26-2012 06:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Celebrity BlackBerry Sightings


    As you can see from the photo above, she is on the BBOS Mobile site! Well, not really, my photoshop skills have made this fantasy a celebrity photo reality (sorry to disappoint). I wish I could confirm this to be true, however, the Bold 9900 device in Kim Kardashian's hand is really hers. The original photo revealed a Google Alerts screenshot on her device set to track herself on Google Alerts. Go figure?!


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    by Published on 03-26-2012 04:30 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    Over the last few months, we've seen several ‘Be Bold’ commercials from RIM. These commercials do show the productivity of the device, but they aren't really clear on if this device is for fun or work.

    Back in January, New-York based Hand Hammered Films made a great independent commercial that while quite humorous, clearly shows that a BlackBerry is a tool & not a toy.

    Pawel Pawelczak of Hand Hammered Films said:

    We’d been thinking for quite some time that BlackBerry needed, and deserved, a new marketing strategy. Under market pressure, RIM got sucked into positioning BlackBerry as something it’s not—another phone toy. Rather than trying to have it both ways (i.e. “we’re like all the other smartphones, only better”), RIM should aggressively embrace what makes BlackBerry different. They need to restore BlackBerry’s image as a serious, professional tool for people who mean business and get things done. Otherwise, RIM will continue competing with other toys, and inevitably lose market share (including their rapidly-fleeing base). And then we’ll all end up stuck with social toys instead of business tools.

    We posted “It’s Not a Toy” just hours after RIM’s big management shake-up and right before their release of the latest BeBold ad series. We think their new ad campaign, “action, not distraction” and “tools, not toys,” is on the right track, but that they haven’t gone far enough. In our opinion, BlackBerry ads need to be stronger, edgier, more in-your-face—BOLDER, more EXCLUSIVE and DISCRIMINATING, to such an extent that if someone at a business meeting pulls out anything other than a BlackBerry, he or she should be ashamed. Tell consumers who are in it for “fun and games” to look elsewhere. People who mean business need real tools, not toys.

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    by Published on 03-26-2012 02:01 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    The popular National Film Board of Canada app, NFB Films, has been updated to v.2.2.10 for the BlackBerry PlayBook. There is currently no changelog, so it's likely just some simple bug fixes. Hopefully we will see new content now that the app is updated! Get updated or installed and let us know what you notice in the comments below!


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    by Published on 03-26-2012 01:52 AM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    It seems like the app updates are just flowing in tonight! We are now seeing an update for Slacker Radio For PlayBook to v1.2.6!

    If you aren't sure what Slacker Radio is, it's a personalized music brought right to your PlayBook. This includes, unlimited free music, over 140 expertly programmed stations by genre, information regarding the song you're listening to and even allows you to listen to music while using other apps!


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    by Published on 03-26-2012 01:42 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Games


    The popular shooter game by Gameloft, Modern Combat 2 Black Pegasus HD, has been updated to v3.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook. It looks like many users were experiencing a lot of issues with random crashes during game play. Hopefully this update takes care of that and may add some UI adjustments among other features. This game is currently FREE in App World! Get updated or installed and let us know what you notice in the comments below!


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    by Published on 03-25-2012 07:36 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Here is a nifty little app that just hit the App World market. It's called SRS File Multi Send Plugin for BBM, which allows the user to send files to multiple BBM contacts at the same time, freeing you from having to send a file to each contact one by one. Why this hasn't been fully implemented into BBM yet, I don't get. But you can bet that this little app has the BBM RIM devs heads turning.

    With this app there are a couple options to send a file for multiple BBM contacts:

    1- Select the file you want to send,
    2- Choose BBM contacts and send, simple as this.

    OR

    1-Take a photo,
    2-Choose BBM contacts and send.

    You can use the trial version as long as you want, but you can only select 2 contacts for each file at a time. The paid full version offers no trial restrictions in addition to being ad free. The paid version also come with 1 free year of support and upgrades. However, by then I imagine this feature will be built into the BBM platform.


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    by Published on 03-25-2012 06:15 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Here is a snippet of promising news - The BlackBerry 10 OS has tested better than the current PlayBook OS 2 in a HTML5 compatibility browser test with a score of 361. The results on HTML5test.com do not reveal any detail of the BB 10 device in question, but we can count on one powerhouse of a browser when it launches later this year. Having used the new PB OS 2.0 browser regularly, I can say that I'm ecstatic to surf with OS 10!


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    by Published on 03-24-2012 12:03 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors



    (BB Blade Is A Mockup. It Is Not A Rumored Device)

    BlackBerry 10, as we all know, is just around the corner and that is the reason why a lot of rumors and speculations have been circling around the BB World. One of the latest mockups to hit the internet is the BlackBerry Blade that looks like it could be the next BlackBerry 10 device.

    Rumors say that the BlackBerry 10 OS and will provide many new features that will beat the iPhone. This awesome appearance and design concept of this mockup was created by a known design firm in Toronto named Pixelcarve. It has a very slick design with a slightly curved body and a slide that is said to be very unique and interesting to look at. The QWERTY keypad is there, the trackpad and of course the BlackBerry menu buttons.

    Below are some of the rumoured specifications the Blackberry Blade holds:

    • Quad Core : 1.5 GHz processor
    • 4.5 inch AMOLED display with 720x1280 pixels
    • 12MP back camera and a 5MP front camera
    • Supports 3G, 4G LTE and the Wi-Fi hotspots feature

    There is still no confirmation from RIM that the Blackberry Blade concept is similar to the first BB 10 device, however, as per Pixelcarves, they are suggesting to have this design as the first device for BlackBerry 10. Lots of ideas and concepts are available on the internet but, they are just speculations from BlackBerry users/enthusiasts. BlackBerry 10 is still in progress and being discussed by RIM's Management. What concerns us now is when are they going to release it.

    Do you have any insights about what will be the look of the upcoming BlackBerry 10?




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    by Published on 03-23-2012 06:05 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    A little birdy tipped BBOS off today that BlackBerry had a new website devoted 100% to the Be Bold campaign. After a tour through the site, I notice that it's not quite public-ready, but the possibilities are definitely there. From New Years Eve in Time Square to its television debut, Be Bold has warmed the hearts of millions.
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    by Published on 03-23-2012 02:10 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News


    I've always been a strong supporter of providing tools/hardware for development prior to actually launching a product. With all the upcoming hype for BlackBerry 10, one would assume that RIM wants to make this a success.

    During BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando (May 1st-3rd, 2012), RIM will release the first beta of the BlackBerry 10 Developer Tools! These toolsets will include:

    • BlackBerry® 10 Native SDK
    • BlackBerry® 10 WebWorks™ SDK
    • BlackBerry® 10 SDK for Adobe® Air®
    • BlackBerry® 10 SDK for Android™ apps


    Toolsets are great, but what about how BlackBerry 10 will interact with hardware? Well, RIM has also announced that BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees will also be receiving a BlackBerry 10 prototype device!


    Not only will developer attendees get access to the BlackBerry 10 Developer Tools, but they’ll also be receiving a limited edition developer prototype device – the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha™. This is not a BlackBerry 10 smartphone – it is a prototype running a modified version of the PlayBook OS which will help developers design their apps for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone form factor. Just to be 100% clear – it’s not the final hardware or OS for BlackBerry 10 – it’s a device to help developers get started with designing for what’s coming. BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is only for developers – not end users – and is only available to developer attendees at BlackBerry 10 Jam.
    Note: The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha will not be running a final version of BlackBerry 10, but rather a modified version of the PlayBook OS.




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    by Published on 03-23-2012 09:58 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    BlackBerry Messenger has been updated to version 6.2.0.24. This update provides quite a few fixed issues. Be sure to head on over to the Beta Zone to update to this latest version. Do not forget to share with us your findings/fixes.


    Fixed Issues

    • User is returned to the contact list after sending a voice note via the convenience key if the chat is opened from the Messages application.
    • Virtual keyboard does not appear automatically when editing personal message
    • When trying to switch chat from switch chat menu within conversation, user information is partially cutoff
    • Send picture dialog is displayed as a vertical bar for device font size 14.

    Known Issues

    • Highlighting a BBM contact displays a different contact's display picture.
    • Pressing the convenience key while the menu is open in a chat returns the user to the contact list if the chat is opened from the Messages application.
    • Scrolling quickly in the inline edit view allows the focus to move out on to the user's avatar.
    • Pressing the Enter key while the focus is on the user's avatar initiates the inline edit view.
    • Some smileys remained as text in a message sent to a multiperson chat for all participants.
    • Send voice note dialog buttons are cut off in landscape mode when the virtual keyboard is displayed.




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