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    by Published on 02-25-2012 02:39 AM
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    Ever since Mike Kirkup resigned from his post as Director of Dev Relations at RIM, we have been keeping an eye on what his next career move will be via the Mike Kirkup blog. As of yesterday, Mike has officially revealed what he has been hard at work creating - NextUp Labs.

    NextUp Labs provides consulting services for early stage start-ups in the consumer web and mobile space to compliment existing teams. In short, NextUp Labs helps people turn their ideas into great businesses. Mike expands in his introduction:

    "I believe entrepreneurs can use a partner who is directly aligned with their interests every step of the way. So, I created NextUp Labs to fill that role. Instead of accepting a fee for service, we want to help companies by sharing in their success through revenue share and equity."
    I for one think this is a great idea as you don't have to fork our big bucks to take the risk in starting your dream business. I couldn't think of anyone more qualified to work with than Mike, as he was responsible for managing the technical relationships and programs for RIM’s developer community worldwide for several years. Mike is also the Director of VeloCity, a University of Waterloo startup incubator. Be sure to follow NextUp Labs on Twitter for updates, and let us know if you become a partner!
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    by Published on 02-24-2012 09:56 PM
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    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook

    The release of PlayBook 2.0 brought so many new features to the PlayBook. Perhaps one of its best features is its ability to run Android apps. This is a feature that many have been waiting a long time for. Unfortunately many of these apps have not made it into BlackBerry App World yet. This could be for many reasons, part of the issue is the amount of time it takes to get an app approved. RIM is notorious for a lengthy app approving process.

    In the meantime, there is another way to get all of these nice apps on to your PlayBook. This method is called "sideloading". It requires Android apps that have been properly converted from their native .APK files to .BAR files; to be sideloaded using a third party tool.


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    by Published on 02-24-2012 06:40 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    S4BB has just released the free app Battery Watch which provides helpful features to keep track of your BlackBerry's battery state. This utility application is easy to use and is constantly improved by their programmers.

    Features:
    • Tracks battery status over time - Line chart visualization of battery state by day, week, month.
    • Integration into native BlackBerry applications - Battery level indicator icon and battery state (full charged, charging, unplugged).
    • Running out of battery warnings - Adjustable warning level and notifications.
    Battery Info Shown:
    • Battery Level
    • Battery Removable
    • Battery Status
    • Battery Temperature (Celsius and Fahrenheit visualization support)
    • Battery Voltage
    • Device Name
    • Device PIN
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    by Published on 02-24-2012 06:02 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Pandora for BlackBerry gets updated to v1.1.12 today. The changelog says minor bug fixes and enhancements in which so far it seems to be ringing true since I've updated. Get updated and let us know any findings/fixes in the comments!
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    by Published on 02-24-2012 05:43 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Wikitude for BlackBerry has been updated to v6.4.5 today and adds a awesome new features called, myWorld. With the myWorld feature (beta) you can create your very own Augmented Reality World. The "Create Place" tool allows you to mark the location of your favorite Mexican restaurant or any other location that is special to you, perhaps your favorite store or the amazing hotel you discovered in Italy last summer. Your World can be shared with your friends on Facebook, meaning you see their favorite Places, and they see yours.
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    by Published on 02-24-2012 05:30 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    BBM Music v1.1.0.17 is now available in BB App World. Didn't see any changelog but since I've updated so far I've noticed some improvements in speed. So I imagine it's just bug fixes. Get updated and let us know any findings/fixes you may discover on BBM Music!
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    by Published on 02-24-2012 05:21 AM
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    Just one day after it's release, the Google+ app by Smarter Apps has been updated to v1.0.56 with minor bugs fixes. Get updated and let us know how this update works for you!
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 05:37 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News



    The California Attorney General has struck a deal with the world's major app store operators that will see new privacy policy standards put in place. RIM, Google, Microsoft, HP, Apple and Amazon have all agreed to require any software that uses personal information to provide a privacy policy that can be viewed in the store before an app is downloaded. The agreement will bring the various markets in line with the California Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires developers provide such a policy. In addition to providing links to the relevant documents in an obvious and consistent location, the companies will have to offer a simple way for users to report devs that violate the rules.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 05:23 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News

    It looks as though bout between RIM and the government of India may be finally reaching an end. If you remember, this match up goes way back to 2008 when the Indian government demanded access to encrypted BBM traffic. Then in 2010, RIM pulled punches and made a few compromises that dodged a ban. Now, it looks like things are getting a little crazy as RIM is putting 5,000 BES Enterprise servers in the city of Mumbai. Should advocates of privacy be worried? RIM went as far as to say back in Jan 2011 that in no way can they allow encrypted access to the Indian gov:

    "No changes can be made to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys"
    and...

    "There is no possibility of us providing any kind of a solution," RIM VP Robert Crow said to reporters. "There is no solution. There are no keys to be handed."..."It’s not possible to do so because the keys of the service are in possession of the corporate enterprises."
    So were RIM's statements just a bunch of hot air? We don't know for certain yet, but if what is being reported is true, that a "team of officers" have already inspected the new installation and that "permission for direct monitoring" is "expected to be issued," then perhaps RIM will eventually have to hire a team of Indian spies to finally close out this epilogue.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 04:35 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Smarter Apps has just released the first free beta version of an app that allows Google+ users to access their Google+ accounts natively using their BlackBerry smartphones. The free app is called App For Google+ and it is now live in BlackBerry App World! Download the app and be sure to join the BlackBerryOS.com community by following our Google+ page.

    Features of the Google+ app for BlackBerry include:
    - View your stream, post to your stream, checkin, upload photos to your stream
    - View your photos and photos from people in your circles
    - Add, edit, delete people and circles
    - View and edit your own Google+ profile
    - Support for all BlackBerry OS 5 and above devices except the
    BlackBerry PlayBook

    Some features of the Google+ app for BlackBerry that are not yet
    available include:
    - Instant Upload
    - Google+ Messenger
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 07:52 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    If your a Hockey fan then you will be pleased to know about RIM latest partnership with the NHLPA. RIM has partnered with the National Hockey League Players' Association to bring you a first of its kind, in depth look at the lives of five top NHL Hockey players. The players, Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers), Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks), Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maple Leafs), Martin Biron (New York Rangers) and Michael Grabner (New York Islanders), will all take part in this new video series.

    The new series will depict the players lives on and off the ice, and will be shot using the High Definition video camera of the BlackBerry PlayBook. The NHLPA Players' PlayBook will allow fans to do more than just watch a video. Fans will also be able to "call the shots". There will be a fan poll that will be held every Monday that will determine the "Fan's Choice Video". Question and answer sessions will be held each Wednesday that will allow the players to interact with the fans. To top the week off there will be an " Editors Choice Video", that will show some behind-the-scenes editing, and the editors favorite footage.

    Some highlights include:
    • FAN'S CHOICE VIDEO: Every week an online poll will allow fans to choose what video they would be most interested in watching based on where the players are and what's happening at the time.

    • QUESTION & ANSWER: Fans can ask players questions via the home website or by posting a comment on YouTube. Every week, the players will respond to fan submitted questions and challenges.
    All of this sounds exciting, so if your a Hockey fan this will be the ultimate experience. Make sure you take some time to read the full press release, and visit the official website.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 07:15 AM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    Now that the excitement from the PlayBook OS 2.0 has stabilized its time to get ready for the next big thing. Mobile World Congress is the worlds largest mobile phone trade show. The show held in Barcelona, allows mobile manufactures to provide the public with their latest technology and newest mobile devices. Most every major mobile manufacturer will be there, and among those giants will be RIM.

    Over the past few months there has been talk about RIM possible showing off one of its BB 10 devices. Although this has excited many members within the BlackBerry community, it sounds like this wont be the case. CNN has reported that RIM will not be showing any new hardware, but will be showing off the BB 10 OS. RIM has been trying its best to keeps its new BB 10 devices under wraps, but that has not kept purported leaked images from surfacing.

    Since it seems as though we wont be seeing any new hardware, we can most likely expect so see the new OS depicted on some slides, or maybe even a video. Either way it will be nice to get more information on the BB 10 OS.


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    by Published on 02-23-2012 03:16 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Just on the heels of the official launch of WordPress for PlayBook the other day after the OS 2 launch, today we see another update to v2.0.7 - up from v2.0.5. I don't see a changelog, but I can notice right away the improvement in loading time when opening the app. Remember, this is Android built app running on the PlayBook's Android Player, so it makes sense that a few tweaks may be needed to fine tune it in.
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    by Published on 02-22-2012 11:49 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    To celebrate their 1-month of release on App World, BibbyCam released version 2.0 of their photo editing app with many new features and improvements. Let us know of any findings/fixes in the comments!

    New features:
    - 3 new filters
    - option to add and choose frames
    - new frames
    - fixed browse picture and old filters

    Older features:
    - create your own filter using the 2x feature
    - BBM connect (OS 6.0 and above)
    - linked to Twitter and Facebook
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    by Published on 02-22-2012 12:43 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    After a very successful BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 launch today, you may still be wondering which of these new apps will work on WiFi or Bridge.

    RIM has been really secretive in the past of what will/will not work when bridged. With the release of OS 2.0, we now can see some knowledge base documentation for Bridge.

    Application Behavior
    App World Wi-Fi connection is required
    Video Chat Wi-Fi connection is required
    Music Store Able to browse catalog. Unable to download or play a sample song.
    Kobo Books Wi-Fi connection is required
    NFB Able to browse the catalog. Unable to play video.
    Bing Maps Unable to find location when indoors.
    Camera Unable to find location when indoors
    General Third Party Applications
    May vary depending if application is specifically requires Wi-Fi.
    Native Email
    ActiveSync acounts are fully supported. IMAP/POP accounts requires Wi-Fi

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