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    by Published on 01-12-2012 04:03 PM
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    RIM officially launched the OS 7.1 update for BlackBerry 7 smartphones this week. At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the Inside BlackBerry Blog caught up with Annu Dawar, Sr Product Manager for BlackBerry 7, to give us an in-depth insider perspective on all things BlackBerry OS 7.1. Tell us what you think about OS 7.1 in the comments!
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 03:51 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Cut the Rope, the long-awaited (besides Angry Birds) hit game has finally arrived for the BlackBerry PlayBook! Join MORE THAN 60 MILLION PEOPLE who have already played this game on other platforms and gave it an average rating of 4.81 (out of 5)! You can pick this game up for only $2.99 for a limited time in BB App World.

    The little monster Om Nom is hungry and the only thing standing between him and a full belly is you - that is your help cutting the ropes that hold the candy he wants. Swipe your finger across the ropes to release the delicious bundles into his mouth. But don’t forget to collect the stars and break the bubbles along the way - easier said than done when enemies and obstacles await!
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 03:37 AM
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    We are certainly taking this with a grain of salt, but it seems that T-Mobile may have given the BlackBerry Torch 9810 a shorter lifespan than what we expected.

    According to a T-Mobile Customer Care chat transcript found on TMoNews, it would seem that the device had been added to End Of Life as of January 3rd, 2012. That would put the device as being available for merely 8 weeks.

    Now, I know many of you may think this is ridiculous, but please keep this in mind: The BlackBerry Torch 9800/9810 really didn't have much to be able to differentiate between both, & it's quite likely that the lack of Marketing of this updated model didn't provide the sales figures that T-Mobile was expecting.

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    by Published on 01-12-2012 01:45 AM
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    UberSocial continues to improve as a new update v1.304 has been released unto the public. Get updated and be sure to let us know of any findings/fixes you come across. Full change log below.

    Changes from 1.3 to 1.304 include:
    • We've redesigned the tweet composer screen to be simpler, more friendly, and provide more room
    • Fixed the bug where on some devices the character count on the compose tweet screen didn't work
    • Completely re-written Facebook oauth logic, resolves issue with facebook web page not rendering correctly on the built-in browser widget and the in-ability to login if you setup your facebook security to require the naming of a new device login
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 01:42 AM
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    Poynt for BlackBerry has been updated to v1.8.5. With the update comes support for more BlackBerry 7 devices, some nice UI improvements and Telenav Library update. Poynt is an award-winning local search app that lets you find and connect with businesses, movies, restaurants, people, offers and events near you whenever and wherever you need them. Poynt allows you to interact with your search through placing calls to businesses, mapping directions, viewing showtimes and movie trailers or reserving a table at a local restaurant. Poynt is available FREE in BlackBerry App World.
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    by Published on 01-12-2012 01:35 AM
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    BeBuzz is certainly a must-have app for our BlackBerryOS readers. The ability to control the color of the LED on our BlackBerrys should be a native function but since it isn't, BeBuzz helps customize it in a seamless way. BeBuzz is one of the most successful BlackBerry apps, and with their latest update it's pretty evident why.

    Today's updated version of v5.0.24 does bring a few bug fixes from last week's v5.0.22, but real hidden gem of news in all of this is that BellShare apps are now available once again on Mobihand!
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    by Published on 01-11-2012 02:01 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. Leaked OS,
    3. BlackBerry Software




    Looks like OS 7.1 is beginning to become mainstream among OS 7 devices. RIM has slowly been rolling it out over the past few weeks. So if you have a Curve 9360 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 01-11-2012 02:52 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Visa Inc. and Visa Europe have announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9380 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 have been added to the list of Visa compliant payment products available for commercial deployment by financial institutions. These devices have been certified with Visa payWave, Visa’s mobile application for payments at the point-of-sale.

    RIM has been a leader in developing NFC technology and is committed to working with key partners to build a strong ecosystem to lead the next generation of payment methods. RIM’s key NFC developments are highlighted below:
    • The latest BlackBerry 7.1 OS update, announced yesterday, incorporates BlackBerry Tag. By simply tapping their NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphone against another NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphone, users can make sharing documents, contact information, photos and other multimedia content easier than ever.
    • The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 are the first SIM-based NFC smartphones to be certified by MasterCard as PayPass-approved devices.
    • HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, announced in September 2011 an industry first with plans to support the company’s iCLASS digital keys and mobile secure identity on NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones.
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    by Published on 01-11-2012 01:30 AM
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    Sunday At Twelve talks about their music and how BBM has helped them to connect with their fans and organize with the band efficiently! Get to know more about Sunday At Twelve in:
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 11:09 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    Earlier today news surfaced after Research in Motion's senior director of business development, Marty Mallick, was quoted saying “...there will be touch BB10 devices as well as QWERTY BB10 devices. Both of those will exist.”

    While this still leaves much to the imagination in regards to which smartphones will be included, it's a relief to know that I will continue to have access to a full QWERTY keyboarded phone after the release of BlackBerry 10. He also stated that the devices could possibly have the screen resolution enjoyed by PlayBook owners, but they will for sure share the same aspect ratio.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 05:30 AM
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    Call it the luck of the Irish if you will, as the BlackBerry Curve 9380 has landed on the Emerald Isle through none other than O2. You can now pick one up for €279.99 (about $357.00) on prepay and free on postpay. The device also comes with a free screen protector and case. If any of our Irish friends decide to pick one up, be sure to let us know!
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 03:08 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices


    Remember back in June of 2011 when a Verizon CMO confirmed that three BlackBerry 7 devices would be hitting the Verizon shelves in 2011? Well, while it wasn't three to become available in 2011, we did get two out of three, the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850. And as of today, about a week after the new year, Verizon has announced that the global ready Curve 9370 will be coming to Verizon Wireless stores on Jan 19th. Oh yeah, let's also not forget about that rumor back in Nov of 2011 that the Verizon Curve 9370 was suppose to launch on Nov 17, 2011. Now that Verizon has a BlackBerry 7 Curve series device, will you be getting one?
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    by Published on 01-09-2012 02:56 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps



    A new version of BlackBerry Travel, v2.0.16.99, dropped in BlackBerry App World this morning. From what I've gathered, it's been quite a while since there has been an update, and this one is extra special for European BlackBerry users!

    The update includes:
    • Exclusive BlackBerry Travel discounted rates available for major cities in Europe
    • Make limousine reservations easily upon arrival to destination
    BlackBerry Travel allows the user to plan, book, manage or share travel activities. Find hotel deals and rental car locations, or schedule a ride to and from the airport. You will receive notifications of airport delays and cancellations, and can even search for a new flight. Finally, travelling made easy and all the information that could be needed is in one place.
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    by Published on 01-09-2012 11:29 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    Its been a busy day for the folks over at RIM. BBM 6.1 has been released from beta testing and is now available for download from App World. BBM 6.1 provides a wealth of new features that provide even more functionality and entertainment. BBM is way ahead of the competition when it comes to instant messaging. Personally I love the animated avatars!

    Take a look at some of the new features included in BBM 6.1 (taken from Beta release Blog):
    • Animated avatars – We’ve added a new dimension to the options on your BBM display picture – animated avatars! These avatars use controlled animation, which means that motion is activated when you scroll over the avatar. Three animated avatars are available as part of this beta as a sneak peek (including a “smile,” “laughter” and “in love”). We’re planning to add a larger selection of animated avatars after the beta trial is completed. You can access these avatars when changing your display picture within the Avatars folder. (Note: Animated avatars are only supported on BlackBerry smartphone OS 5.0 and higher.

    • 12 new emoticons – A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. With the addition of 12 fun emoticons in your BBM catalog, there are now more ways for you to express yourself and personalize messages to your friends. These new emoticons were created based on suggestions from customers participating in beta trials – look for more to come in future releases. And please make sure to leave us a comment and let us know what other emoticons you’d like to see. We’re listening!

    • Increased character count for personal messages – Whether it’s keeping your contacts posted on your whereabouts or sharing your mood for the day, you can now say more in your regular updates to your BBM friends. We’ve more than doubled the size of your personal message space to 160 characters, so that you can now share your trials and tribulations in much greater detail.

    • Colored chat bubbles – BBM users can now customize the color of chat bubbles for contacts. With 10 colors to choose from, you can pre-assign colors to your contacts by simply going into your BBM contacts’ profile and selecting a desired contact chat color. This feature is great for organizing the many BBM contacts you have and makes it easier to recognize types of conversations (I’m assigning colors to work, friends, and family. My boss is blue, my family is yellow, and colleagues and friends will get their own color-coding, too.)

    • Camera/Display Picture Integration – Now you’ll be able to snap a picture and display it right away! There are now fewer steps between taking that great picture with your BlackBerry smartphone and making it your BBM Display Picture. Now you can update your BBM avatar right from the BlackBerry smartphone camera app by selecting “Set as BBM Display Picture” from the menu options.

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    by Published on 01-09-2012 08:04 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    Monday mornings tend to be lazy for most of us, but RIM decided to change that today!

    After surprising us this morning with the official release of BlackBerry OS 7.1 (including BBM 6.1 coming out of beta), we've received confirmation that CES 2012 attendees who visit the BlackBerry booth (South Hall 3 Booth # 30326) will get the opportunity to preview the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 functionality, including:

    • New unified inbox - a powerful unified inbox within the built-in messaging app allows users to quickly manage their personal email and work email accounts as well as the messaging capabilities of popular social networking sites like Twitter®, LinkedIn® and others - all in one place.
    • Inbox management tools - allows for powerful inbox search across multiple email accounts, as well as the ability to set out-of-office messages and email signatures directly from their tablet.
    • Relationship-centric contacts app - more than just an address book, the new built-in Contacts app serves as a social hub - merging and consolidating information from multiple sources (including email and social channels) into one contact file for each person in their address book. Each contact file includes information such as recent status updates, conversations, related news articles and mutual contacts that are kept up-to-date automatically.
    • Remote control for the BlackBerry PlayBook - new BlackBerry® Bridge™ features allow a user's BlackBerry® smartphone to act as a keyboard and mouse for their BlackBerry PlayBook - effectively providing a wireless remote control for their tablet. Perfect for pausing a movie when a BlackBerry PlayBook is plugged in to a TV with an HDMI connection, or for using the tactile QWERTY keyboard on a BlackBerry smartphone to compose a message or document on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
    • Print To Go application - this app allows users to wirelessly "print" from their laptop or PC directly to their BlackBerry PlayBook over Wi-Fi®. A digital printout is created on the BlackBerry PlayBook so that users can view, sort and manage their digital printouts as though they were physical sheets of paper. The Print To Go app is the perfect way to consolidate info from various related sources like a hotel web confirmation, an airline boarding pass email, the show event schedule or even a map of the destination city and make them available for quick access on the go.
    • Video store (available in the United States @ launch) - a catalog of thousands of movies and TV shows will be available through the integrated BlackBerry Video Storefront* with new releases to be made available for purchase or rent the same day they come out on DVD. Users will be able to begin watching media as soon as they start to download the file, so users won't have to wait for the entire file to transfer before they can enjoy great entertainment on the tablet's high resolution display, or on an HDTV via the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's HDMI output.
    • Enhanced web browsing - the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 browser also includes a new reading view, which is designed to make web sites even easier to enjoy by eliminating page clutter at the touch of a button. What's left is a cleaner format that is great for reading online news articles, blog posts, or websites that contain heavy amounts of text.
    Tons of awesome features, right? We've only highlighted a few of the features above, but you can see the extensive full list in our forums.

    They've also confirmed that PlayBook OS 2.0 software update will be available for all BlackBerry PlayBook users in February 2012.

    If you didn't feel excited about OS 2.0 for PlayBook before, I don't see any reason now that you won't be jumping on the opportunity to purchase one of these tablets prior to the new OS launching.


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