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    by Published on 02-23-2012 04:37 PM
    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 04:23 PM
    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"

    "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 03:35 PM
    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 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 06:52 AM
    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 06:15 AM
    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 02:16 AM
    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 10:49 PM
    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 02-21-2012 11:43 PM
    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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    by Published on 02-21-2012 08:53 PM
    1. App Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry Devices,
    3. Official OS,
    4. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    5. BlackBerry Software

    By now you have probably heard about RIM's release of the highly anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. For months now, all anyone in the BlackBerry community could do was talk about PlayBook OS 2.0. Rumors and guesses of when it would be released had everyone on their toes, and had others running out of patience. They say good things come to those who wait. Was this the case with PlayBook OS 2.0? Did RIM deliver on what so many have been waiting for? After spending some time with the PlayBook OS 2.0 this is my review.
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 05:19 PM
    1. BlackBerry Apps

    With the release of OS 2.0 today, Facebook for PlayBook has now been updated to v2.2.1.7! With version 2.2, users can view Facebook screens in portrait orientation mode, take advantage of Facebook’s new Messages feature that displays the full conversation history of their messages and chats, delete Wall posts and view Mutual Friends. Discover all the great ways you can stay on top of your social life with Facebook for BlackBerry Playbook.
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 10:33 AM
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps

    With the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 (#TwosDay) today, BlackBerry users are thrilled as another update makes its way through BlackBerry App World. While I had hoped that the OS 2.0 would trigger a spree of many updates, I wondered if it would actually happen. While this is only one app, it's still a major app as well as the fact that it's only been a few hours between the two. Does this mean more updates our way? We'll have to wait in see. What's new for BBM v6.1.0.70:
    • Animated avatar support
    • Even more emoticons to pick from
    • Double the space for updating your Personal Message
    • Customize the chat bubble colors for each of your contacts
    • Easier way to update your BBM display picture straight from taking a picture
    In the mean time, keep refreshing your BlackBerry App World and download BlackBerry Messenger version today!
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 05:38 AM
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps

    With the new release of OS 2.0 today, it also looks like WordPress has officially launched their app for PlayBook. The all new WordPress for PlayBook app allows you to write posts, edit pages, and manage comments on the go. Both and self-hosted WordPress (2.9.2 or higher) sites are supported. Download the app and start blogging on the go in no time.
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 05:22 AM
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News

    With the new PlayBook OS 2 just releasing today we not only see new features, we see also a new UI from BlackBerry App World. Let us know if you notice any new improvements in the comments!
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    by Published on 02-20-2012 06:25 PM
    1. BlackBerry News

    Are you interested in a BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 or a Curve 9350/9360/9370? Well BlackBerry has made it possible for you to actually earn money for buying one of those new devices! If you're eligible, you can receive a $100 Visa Prepaid card for a Bold and $50 Visa Prepaid card for a Curve.
    While not every one is able to participate in this promotion, there is one thing that everyone can do. If you have an old BlackBerry that is still in working condition, but maybe a hot mess of technology, you can check out BlackBerry's Trade Up Program which allows you to get a quote for an old device. You send the device in, and receive money back (up to $100). How brilliant is that? Simply fill out a short questionnaire and up pops your Trade Up Refund! I checked this out myself, and for my two old BlackBerry devices, I was up for a refund of $105! I was astounded! Unfortunately, I'm that dork who refuses to give up my BlackBerrys because I'm convinced one day they'll be worth millions. If you're willing to send in your old devices, you get some cash for it. Or, you could talk other people into giving you their old devices too and get even more spending money. Hmm, that's a pretty good idea...
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    by Published on 02-20-2012 05:37 PM
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps

    Kisai Labs the creative minds behind the popular BlackBerry PlayBook Twitter app Blaq, have added their talents to developing Cloudee. If your're a mac user you will find that this app may be something you have been waiting for quite some time. Cloudee was created to address its creator Jerome Carty, inability to access his Mac's CloudApp account.

    The end results are Cloudee, a CloudApp client for the BlackBerry PlayBook. CloudApp is a Mac application that allows you to share your screenshots, bookmarks, and photos.

    Take a look at some of the apps features and planned features:


    - View files from your CloudApp account
    - Download files to your PlayBook from CloudApp
    - Upload new files from your PlayBook to CloudApp
    - View bookmarks right within the app
    - Send files to and empty trash

    Planned features:

    - Post to social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr)
    - Auto-upload screenshots
    - More as they come along

    Keep in mind the app is currently in beta, and is available for those beta testers in Kisai Labs Test Lab.
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