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    by Published on 01-19-2012 07:15 AM
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    With RIM's future most likely in the hands of what happens this year, it seems as though BlackBerry software licensing may be the company's most likely scenario. Earlier in the week rumors about a possible purchase from the mobile giant Samsung began to circulate, but were quickly deemed false. However, talks about other things may have been going on.

    Samsung has denied claims that it has spoken with RIM about using BlackBerry software in any way. However, a report from a prominent shareholder say otherwise. According to this shareholder RIM has likely spoken with several handset makers about using BlackBerry 10 on their devices. In addition he believes that Samsung is in fact, interested in a licensing deal even though they say otherwise. "I'm secure they're talking about licensing stuff," he said. "I don't know if they're looking to buy the company and I don't care."

    A licensing deal would help address the poor sales that RIM is dealing with their current OS 7 devices, and help them compete with Apple and Android devices. RIM is looking to repair a damages U.S market as well. All of this why the company is in the position of rethinking their strategy.

    One thing to note is that we did hear from co-CEO Mike Lazaridis that RIM would be aggressive in making the right moves stating that they would leave "no stone unturned". Other analysts suggest that if RIM did allow enterprise services like BBM to be used by Samsung or an Android partner they would achieve "instant differentiation in the increasingly monochrome Android space,". Analyst are also saying that such a deal would give RIM's stock the much needed boost that it needs.

    Even though all of this sounds good there seems to be some drawback as well. If RIM were to license out its software to other handheld makers where would that leave its existing devices. Would they then have to abandon the BlackBerry? In addition, most of this would have to go through RIM's co-CEO's Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis.

    The future of RIM is yet to be decided. Whether its a sale, a change up in management, or licensing out BlackBerry software something is going to change. All we can hope for is that the right decision is made and that BlackBerry users will have the least amount of change as possible.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 03:27 AM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    A new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Beta build has been released for developers, v2.0.0.7111, which can be obtained by re-registering your BlackBerry PlayBook for Beta access.To install the 2.0.0.7111 Beta on your PlayBook, you must register your PIN (see link below) and install the update within the 24 hour window.

    This version of software contains support for developers to test their applications against the following runtimes:

    • Runtime for Android apps
    • Adobe AIR 3.0
    • WebWorks
    • Native API 2.0
    Note: This beta version of OS 2.0 does not contain end user features such as: email, calendar contacts, video store, etc.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 03:14 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Have you ever wanted to send various files (pictures, docs, ect) from your BlackBerry to someone you know on BBM?, or send a zip/rar attachment via e-mail? Well, now you can with Rock File Manager v0.9.2 for BlackBerry! Using this application you can zip and rar your files in an existing folder, or create a new one on your SD memory card and built-in device memory. It's easy to zip or rar your files, compress and extract, quick search, COD install and more. This is one of the best applications I have used to compress or extract any files for my BlackBerry Bold 9900 device. And the best part - it's free!! Rock Soft is compatible for all BlackBerry OS6 & OS7 devices.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 05:53 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    If you're in the market for a data plan, and have never in your entire life had one, AT&T is changing up their prices! Just don't be alarmed if you stumble upon past deals and are painfully alarmed by the difference. As of January 22nd, AT&T's new data plans will be as follows:
    • Data Plus (300 MB) = $20
    • Data Pro (3 GB) = $30
    • Data Pro (5 GB with Mobile Hotspot and tethering) = $50
    In all honesty, and because my data plan grandfathers over, AT&T does have a valid point:
    "Customers are using more data than ever before," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Our new plans are driven by this increasing demand in a highly competitive environment, and continue to deliver a great value to customers, especially as we continue our 4G LTE deployment."

    Customers are encouraged to keep their device's Wi-Fi turned on because data usage over Wi-Fi does not count against a customer's monthly data plan. As an added value, AT&T smartphone and tablet customers have access at no additional charge to AT&T's 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide - the nations's largest Wi-Fi network. **Customers can get more information at www.att.com/wifiaccess.
    Next comes the reveal of tablet data plan prices, included are going to be BlackBerry PlayBooks when they're finally 4G compatible:
    • DataConnect (3 GB) = $30
    • DataConnect (5 GB) = $50
    Current customers will have the option of keeping their current data plan, but also can decide to switch to one of the new ones. The 250 MB data plan for $14.99 will also still be up for grabs for tablet users.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 05:21 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Attention all lovely Canadian ladies, finally the perfect app for those scary nights when something unpredictable happens: YWCA Safety Siren. I'm disappointed that this app is only available in Canada, but I'm sure that within a reasonable amount of time, one (or more) will become downloadable for women throughout the world. The YWCA Safety Siren can be set in either English or French and has the option of numerous siren sounds. When the siren is activated, it sends an emergency email and BBM to a preset friend or family member with the location of the phone (and hopefully you) as well as calls an emergency outgoing number that has been pre-programmed. The app also includes facts regarding women's health and wellness, access to a resource library full of women's health information, connections to nearby YWCAs, emergency hotlines, health centers, and clinics.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 03:48 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News


    Whenever I travel South of the border to the lovely United States of America, I'm always haunted with the idea of a ridiculously high data roaming bill for my FourSquare, Google Maps & BBM escapades. On my recent trip to New York City for BBMUglySweater, I racked up a Sir Robert Borden to my bill in roaming charges (for those of you outside of Canada, that's a 100-dollar bill) in merely 24 hours.

    To my surprise, I was introduced today to a newly launched Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), aptly named Roam Mobility. On Monday, they announced their U.S. voice and data roaming service in partnership with T-Mobile. Their roaming packages claim to offer Canadians “price reductions of up to 99%”.

    As you'd expect, Roam isn't in the handset business. They currently only carry two devices: a low-end handset called “Breeze” that retails for $39.95, & a mobile hotspot for $129.95.

    Where i think Roam will most likely make most of their profit is from customers traveling to the US and activating on of their roaming plans: Talk + Text + Data plans start at $14.95 for 1-day (includes unlimited talk/text & 100 MB of data) and go up to $99.95 for 30 days (includes unlimited talk/text & 2 GB data).

    As you'd expect, I've already pre-ordered two SIM Cards for a low price of $19.95
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 03:20 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Nobex Radio from BlackBerry App World has been updated to version 3.3.14. Although there isn't a change log available with this update, I have downloaded and installed on my BlackBerry device and can verify that it's fast and stable.

    So what is this app, and what can this app do? Nobex Radio lets you play radio stations across your country for free, either streamed via a Wi-Fi or wireless network connection. You can share what you're listening to with your friends or family via BBM, FaceBook, or even Twitter, thanks to numerous updates to application integration for BlackBerry devices. If you have plenty of time, or just love to listen to radio stations from all over the world, there's always the option to upgrade your Nobex subscription to the Premium, and access over 16,000 radio stations from more than 100 countries! So, if you like the thought of listening to streaming audio channels from your BlackBerry OS6 or OS7 compatible device, grab it at here Nobex Radio OTA.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 02:26 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    WhatsApp Messenger for BlackBerry App Version 2.7.2239 for OS 7.1 compatibility. WhatsApp is a cross-platform smartphone messenger available for BlackBerry and 3 other major handsets, and is compatible with OS 6.0, OS 7.0 and OS 7.1 devices.

    Minimum Requirements:
    • BlackBerry OS 4.6 or above
    • BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) or BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES)
    This is an update that can be obtained via OTA from your BlackBerry (browser) device only.
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    by Published on 01-17-2012 08:45 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    Earlier today we reported about a rumor that Samsung was interested in purchasing RIM. We can now put that one to bed as Samsung spokesman James Chung stated that: "We haven't considered acquiring the firm and are not interested in (buying RIM),". It can't get any clearer than that.

    Once again, we see false and misleading information from tech blog website BGR. This isn't the first time the self proclaimed "Biggest Letter In Tech" has led the BlackBerry blogging community on a wild goose chase. We have seen this before and even wrote in detail about this biased and mostly inaccurate site. We at BBOS take pride in trying to post the most accurate and up to date information we can.

    Although this rumor has been squashed, an acquisition of RIM still cannot be ruled out. Who that may be is still uncertain, and at this point selling the company is till just speculation. What we do know is that RIM is committed to the BlackBerry and that it has been a great year so far.
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    by Published on 01-17-2012 11:40 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors


    It seems as though this year will be packed full of interesting news. Rumors about RIM's acquisition have been circulating for quite some time. We learned late last year that Microsoft, Amazon, and Nokia all mulled over bids on RIM. It is no secret to anyone that RIM had a difficult time last year meeting its financial goals, as well as missed market opportunities.

    New information has surfaced that suggests that mobile giant Samsung is also interested in RIM. This new report states that a full sale price of RIM would be somewhere within the $12 to $15 Billion dollar range. These prices would actually be selling RIM's shares at a higher price than they are currently worth.

    Does any of this even make any sense? It just might. We have heard from every expert analyst about what RIM should do with its future and have even heard that RIM should abandon the BlackBerry all together and focus entirely on enterprise software solutions. The fact is, RIM will make its own decision based on whats best for the company, but pressure from investors and unhappy consumers definitively have an effect on the decision making.

    The problem is that if this does happen, BlackBerry as we know it will change in some way whether its good or bad. In addition to this we also heard that RIM would be releasing devices at a slow pace and even later than expected. This certainly does help. What do you think RIM should do? How do you think a sale would affect BlackBerry users?
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 06:31 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    UPDATE: dingleberry 3.0.2 has been released to address some issues with hulu

    The popular PlayBook rooting application Dinglberry has been updated to version 3.0. This is update is packed full of goodies from the team lead by Dingleberry creator Chris Wade AKA @cmwdotme. Dingleberry has come a long way since its arrival last year, and has opened the doors up for many creative minds. Thanks to Dinglberry we can now do things like have access to the Full Android Market, and USB storage devices to our PlayBooks. Dingleberry 3.0 now allows for downgrading as well as the much anticipated ability to view hulu.
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 02:29 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News




    It was only a matter of time before speculation would arise as to what new devices RIM would push out this year. We already new that RIM would be releasing new devices this year, and we know that at least one of them will be a BlackBerry 10 device. RIM has been keeping its new BlackBerry 10 devices on the down-low and so far has done a pretty good job of keeping it that way.

    New reports have come in to the folks over at n4bb that suggest that RIM will be releasing another variant of its current 7" tablet that will have 3G+ capabilities. This tablet is supposed to be released in April of this year. The 10" version of the PlayBook is also rumored to be released sometime in December. Now, we did get information that RIM was indeed working on a 10" PlayBook, and that it would be released sometime this year. However, the rumored date of December may be a bit lengthy, and an earlier date is more probable at this point.

    In addition to the two new PlayBooks, information has as surfaced regarding a few other new things from RIM. These things include Mobile Fusion releasing in April, PlayBook Admin Service in the Summer, and two new BlackBerry Curves with an exclusive release to the East Asia and Africa markets. One of the curves is suspected to be 2G only. The PlayBook OS 2.0 is also speculated to be released at the end of February. Last, but not least RIM's next generation super phone, BlackBerry 10 is speculated to have been pushed back to September and to only have one release.

    Here is a brief summary:
    • 10″ PlayBook releasing in December 2012, LTE enabled
    • 7″ PlayBook releasing in April 2012, 3G+
    • First BlackBerry 10 phone releasing in September 2012
    • PlayBook OS 2.0 releasing end of February 2012
    • Mobile Fusion releasing in April 2012
    • PlayBook Admin Service releasing in Summer 2012
    • Two new Curves for East Asia and Africa markets. One Curve will be 2G only.
    Not much in regards to releases, and frankly it makes you wonder if this would even be enough. RIM has been feeling the pressure from investors and consumers after a bad year. What do you think? Is this too little too late? How many Blackberry 10 devices would it take to satisfy our thirst for a superior product?
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 11:09 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps




    BlackBerry App World has been updated to version 3.1.0.60. Nothing too special in this version, but RIM did fix a bug that some users were having when reinstalling applications. If you are not seeing the update right away you can try to refresh your App World cache by holding down the Alt key and then press RST.
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 06:32 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News

    RIM is starting off the year with some nice giveaways. For the next 10 days RIM will be randomly giving away some nice BlackBerry gear. All of this part of their JanuBerry contest. So how do you win? Well, the short and sweet version is as follows:
    1. Follow @BlackBerry
    2. Answer the correct response to the question asked by RIM.
    3. The entrant who posts the 10th correct tweet in response to any given Contest Invitation will be eligible to win.
    4. If the 10th tweet does not contain the correct response, the subsequent tweet will be reviewed, and so on, until the correct response is found.

    • for more information please read the official rules from RIM here.
    Here are some of the prizes that will be offered:
    • 3 BlackBerry Bold 9900s
    • 3 BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 cases
    • 15 case of our choice codes
    • 3 BlackBerry Torch 9850s
    • 20 BBMing Gloves
    • 4 BlackBerry PlayBooks
    • 5 BlackBerry Beanies
    Unfortunately, this contest is only open to US and Canada residents. If you play your cards right you may be able to get a nice set of stylish cold weather gear from RIM.
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 06:19 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    The BlackBerry maker RIM, has once again clashed with local authorities over data sharing. The superior security features that help set RIM apart from the rest of the smart phone industry have proved to be too secure for the local governments of some countries.

    This time the Pakistan government is requesting that RIM share communication details between former envoy Husain Haqqani and Mansoor Ijaz. Haqqani was forced to resign after Ijaz made public the alleged memo that sought US help to take out a feared military stronghold in Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden last year.

    RIM informed the Pakistan government that under its privacy policy, BlackBerry data could only be released only if a request was made by parties involved in the communications. RIM told the Pakistan government that it would not provide data to any third parties. RIM is notorious for its clashes with local government as its been in this situation a few times before. Holding on to security and end user privacy is something that RIM has taken pride in.
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