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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
    Categories:
    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
    Categories:
    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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    by Published on 03-22-2012 05:31 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News


    Yes, you read that right. Research in Motion is wrapped up in yet another lawsuit. This time over emoticons, yes, emoticons. Varia Holdings LLC filed a suit claiming RIM is infringing US Patent 7167731 - "Emoticon Input Method and Apparatus". With this suit, Varia Holdings LLC is demanding that sales of all BlackBerry devices ceases immediately and that the company be awarded damages.
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    by Published on 03-22-2012 04:59 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    With BlackBerry World only 6 weeks away, now is the time to get registered to take advantage of the Early Bird rate expiring this Friday, March 23rd. Early Birds will save $300 off the onsite price for a Full Conference Pass. So don't wait till it's too late!

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    by Published on 03-22-2012 04:53 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Themes



    BBThemes recently updated their Seven Point Five theme. The update bring small enhancements & tweaks, but does now support OS 6 devices!

    Version 2.1 brings several tweaks & updates, including:

    OS7 Devices:

    • Folders now mimics PlayBook OS2
    • Tabbed Browser now mimics PlayBook OS2
    • Other minor enhancements and icon changes


    OS6 Devices:


    • All the tweaks included with OS7 Devices version
    • Menus are now themed to look like OS7
    • The ONLY theme to have menus mirror OS7


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    by Published on 03-22-2012 01:21 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    BlackBerry App World has been updated to version 3.1.2.20 in the Beta Zone. There are some nice new features with this release to include NFC sharing of a single app. Take a look at some of the new feature here:


    • Find an app in “My World” by typing a keyword term
    • “Other Devices” filter view in “My World” allows you to filter out apps not available for your device e.g. PlayBook Apps
    • Announce downloads to BBM Status
    • NFC is now an additional method to share a single app
    • A new "Share" channel in the App World Home page allows you to share your app list via NFC
    • Various Bug Fixes


    Make sure you head on over to the Beta Zone to get this latest update.



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