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    by Published on 12-24-2011 12:02 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Themes,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    You may find yourself this holiday without the new BlackBerry P’9981 in your stalking this Christmas morning, but you can get something else that's also delightful to the eyes. The theme from the luxury device has been successfully extracted and can be installed on your OS 7 device. The Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 is said to start appearing at the luxury retailer Harrod's any day now, and will set you back a nice £1,275. If you install this on your device let us know.

    Warning: This theme is NOT OS 7.1 compatible (OS 7 only). Also, installing this theme will overwrite your stock theme on your device.


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    by Published on 12-24-2011 03:40 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    RIM has just released a official statement regarding the trademark lawsuit over the BBM name. It looks like RIM's case is that both BBM acronyms can co-exist without any issue due to the differences in services offered by BBM Canada and the BlackBerry Messenger platform.

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    by Published on 12-24-2011 02:54 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    Found this nice little Christmas jingle video that BlackBerry recently uploaded to their YouTube account. The video description says, "Merry Christmas! Best wishes to our fans from BlackBerry Hong Kong."


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    by Published on 12-24-2011 02:30 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    RIM's native app BlackBerry Traffic has been updated to v3.0.0.389 and is now rolling out to users from BlackBerry App World. With this update comes a nice set of new features:

    • Now featuring voice guidance projected clearly through your device’s speaker, Bluetooth or car system’s input; program it to be as detailed as you want so you have constant direction
    • Avoid toll routes with alternate route ideas before leaving for your trip
    • Invite others to use BlackBerry Traffic 3.0 via BBM


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    by Published on 12-23-2011 06:53 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    The legal battles never seem to cease for the BlackBerry maker RIM. Last month the company had to change the name of its future phone from BBX to BB10, and this time it looks as though the term BBM may be in danger of being removed. It seems as though everyone is after RIM these days.

    Executives at the Tronto based broadcast industry group BBM Canada, are saying that the trademark BBM belongs to them. The company started in 1944 as a group of broadcasters, has had several names over the years. Some to include: Bureau of Broadcast Management, BBM Bureau of Measurement and now BBM Canada. It also uses bbm.ca as its website and has used the letters BBM in its logo for more than sixty years the group also owns the trademarks in both the U.S. and Canada.

    In a statement to the press, president and chief executive officer of BBM Canada Jim MacLeod, stated the following: “We want our name back, I find it kind of amazing that this wouldn’t have been thought about before they decided to use the name. The same thing goes for BBX.” he also stated that “We don’t want to pile on the troubles of RIM – this predates RIM’s troubles – but from our point of view, this is a very serious situation, If the big guy who can throw the most money at it can take your trademark, why do you even have trademark law?” A court proceeding against RIM has launched after attempts to negotiate failed. This means that the BBM name as we know it may be changed.

    RIM started its campaign for the name BBM back in 2010. According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office they advised RIM in a letter in Febuary of 2010 that the trademark "was not registerable". Apparently someone in RIM's trademark department inst paying attention. First BBX now BBM, come on. Whats going on here? We will be watching this one very closely. I cant imagine not calling BlackBerry messenger BBM.


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    by Published on 12-23-2011 04:47 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors


    You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? This month a Judge ruled against a blogger in a libel case of $2.5 million in a defamation case tried in a federal court in Oregon. Crystal Cox, who calls herself an investigative blogger who is also a journalist, wrote repetitively about the bankruptcy case of Summit Accommodations. Kevin Padrick, an Oregon attorney with Obsidian Finance Group, was appointed trustee in charge of paying Summit creditors. Cox accused Padrick of committing tax fraud, among other things. Padrick sued Cox and won a unanimous jury verdict. According to published reports, there wasn't any evidence that Padrick did anything wrong. Cox tried to use the Shield Law, which allows journalists to protect confidential sources, but the Judge ruled Cox was not a journalist and so is not entitled to the protections. This case is of most interest in both the blogosphere and in the media, as it outlines the continued growth of blogging, the gray area between journalists and bloggers and more libel cases born out of blog posts.

    So why am I writing about this defamation case today? And what does it have to do with BlackBerry? Well, first off, it's a most important story that affects the entire blogging community. Secondly, this ruling comes right before yet another recent un-verified sourced rumor about BlackBerry maker, RIM (Research In Motion), started by tech-blog site, BGR (Boy Genius Report). Essentially, BGR has on numerous occasions posted articles such as, RIM discontinuing WiFi PlayBook (RIM response here), Open Letter From Disgruntled RIM Employee (RIM response here), more disgruntled RIM employee letters, and the most recent, BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won’t be able to compete, company source says (RIM response here)...
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    by Published on 12-22-2011 04:45 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Scrapbook for the BlackBerry PlayBook has been upgraded to version 2.0. This is great app for adding a little spice to those dull pictures. Version 2.0 now comes with packs that can be downloaded. At this time there are there packs you may choose from. Travel, Christmas, and The 50's. In addition, you can now download Scrapbook Content Packs and connect to Facebook via BlackBerry Bridge. Some nice new features. If you have the app share some of your creations with us or post a comment.


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    by Published on 12-21-2011 11:05 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    As I was sitting, minding my own business on this lovely evening, I got an urgent BBM/email from AgentBlackBerry and TwistMyMind to immediately post about the app, BBM Music, being updated to version 1.1.0.12. They're currently at BlackBerry's BBM Ugly Sweater Event in New York City, so those of us that are nerding it up at home get to write stories up! There hasn't been much information on what has been updated in this version, so please post a reply in the forums to let BBOS know!

    If you're new to BBM Music, this is what you can expect: Each month you can switch out up to 25 (of your 50) songs to freshen up your listening habits. The songs you have listened to can also be cached to your SD card to allow access to all your songs even when you're offline and can't connect to your wireless network. Even better: free trial for a whole month! After that, access to BBM Music will cost you only $5 per month. That's 10 cents per song if you never swap them out, and roughly seven cents if you swap out 25. I'm not sure where else you can pay that little for music right on your BlackBerry, which means one thing.. Go download BBM Music now!
    • Step One: Download BBM Music from the App World.
    • Step Two: Create your very own music profile and pick 50 of your favorite songs from millions up for grabs.
    • Step Three: Add your friends! Invite your fellow BBM buddies and gain access to their 50 songs as well. The more friends you have on BBM Music means the more songs you can listen to.
    • Step Four: Start listening. Grab some earphones or play through the speakers to allow everyone to enjoy and bring on the music.
    If this sounds like the app for you, head over to BlackBerry App World and download (or update) now!
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    by Published on 12-21-2011 05:35 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News

    Microsoft and Nokia discussed potential takeover of RIM sources say. While RIM its self has approached Samsung, and HTC about potentially licensing BB 10. According to sources from the Wall Street Journal talks between Microsoft, Nokia and RIM began months ago while the takeover talks are still unclear its likely that the topic has come to the table at least a few times.

    According to Reuters RIM “turned down takeover overtures” from Amazon because it wanted to fix its problems independently. Rumors of a possible takeover have circulated for some time now and each time shares have surged. After reports said Microsoft and Nokia mulled a joint bid, shares surged as much as 10.2 percent in German trading and as much as 11 percent in New York finishing the day a $12.52.

    Whether rival handset makers like Samsung and HTC would be interested in BB 10 is uncertain. Why would they be? Google gives Android away, they just make profit from advertising and app downloads. That is something we do not see with RIM. Both HTC and Samsung use the Windows 7 OS as well.

    RIM has declined to comment about any takeover talks at this time. They have also declined to comment about possibly abandoning the BlackBerry device to focus on enterprise software and services.
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    by Published on 12-21-2011 04:45 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    Looks as though there are some issues going on with Verizon's data services. If your having issues with your data services it may be due to the outage that's spreading across the US. User's over at the official Verizon forums are reporting from various locations that their data services are not working. At this time it seems to be both 3G and 4G networks that are affected.


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    by Published on 12-21-2011 12:37 AM


    As the final ends of the Earth hit sundown today, we at BBOS would like to wish to all those who observe a very happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah (Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה, usually spelled חנוכה in Modern Hebrew, also romanized as Chanukah or Chanuka), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar. So get out the Manorah and commence the lighting of the first candle! And if you are looking for some Hanukkah bling for your BB see here and here for a few premium Hanukkah themes.
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    by Published on 12-20-2011 11:27 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    When I updated to OS 7.1 on my Bold 9900, I lost one of my must-have apps, SocialScope. If you don't know what SocialScope is, it's probably the most elusive & exclusive Twitter/Facebook client for BlackBerry.

    Today, an OTA update was released that finally made SocialScope compatible with the many OS 7.1 devices that are now out there in the world of BlackBerry devices.

    If you switched to UberSocial or T4BB, will you be returning to SocialScope?

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    by Published on 12-20-2011 10:52 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    While I won't receive my precious BlackBerry PlayBook for a few more, long, painful, lonely days.. Okay my point, RIM as released Facebook for PlayBook v2.1 this morning which includes many aspects that many people were hoping for as soon as possible. Some fun new changes include:
    • The addition of Facebook Groups - Be able to post comments, see members and all around interact without having to switch to Facebook on the web (which I'm personally very excited about, I hated having to do that)
    • Improved photo and video access - Uploading either has become much easier and figuring out how is more obvious
    Interact with friends and more on Facebook for PlayBook with all the fun of doing so on your BlackBerry, but with a bigger screen! Remember, if the update isn't immediately available to you, just give it a few hours, this app is hot off the press!
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    by Published on 12-20-2011 10:31 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    When I woke up this morning with the little option to upgrade Foursquare I could not have been more excited. I had had my fair share of mishaps and what not with the app, but it looks like most of them have finally been resolved. Version 3.5 of Foursquare includes these fixes:
    • Now you can create or discover lists of things to do nearby or places to explore
    • See your friends' check-ins with "in-line" photos
    • Many devices will receive improved connection support
    • Updated GPS logic
    If you haven't ever heard of Foursquare, it allows you to explore the world around you by enabling you the chance to meet up with friends, find new places to go and save money on random specials posted by other Foursquare users! While on the go, you can easily share with your friends where you are, post pictures that they can comment on as well as insider tips and reviews that you wouldn't otherwise been inclined to hear about. You earn points and badges for going to your favorite places. Plus, you can post all your activity to Facebook and Twitter! Sound like the app for you?
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    by Published on 12-20-2011 06:40 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    Suggesting that RIM needs to ditch its BlackBerry handset business seems to be quickly gaining favor among a small amount of RIM's shareholders. It may seem like a bold statement, but that's what technology experts and investors are saying.

    Poor sales and decreasing stock value have gotten many investors a little nervous about the future of RIM. Jaguar Financial an activist shareholder for the company stated that the "road map to value restoration lies in a sale of RIM whether as a whole or in separate parts," These parts to include its handset business. Jaguar also suggested a change within RIM's leadership stating that the company needed a new "transformational" leader.

    Let's face it, we have heard these kind of bold predictions and statements before. What makes this one any different from the ones we have heard?
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