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    by Published on 10-22-2011 07:35 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Games,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    The great classic high quality games just keep rolling in as Gameloft has released their hit game, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook. You can pick it up in BB App World for only $6.99 which is a pretty good price tag considering the quality and appeal.

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    by Published on 10-22-2011 07:21 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Games,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    The popular cross platform game by Union, Samurai II : Vengeance, is now available for the BlackBerry PlayBook! Wield the sharp edge of a katana in the most visceral action game to ever hit a mobile phone—Samurai II: Vengeance sends you on a quest to hunt down the demon lord Orochi. Across a ravaged countryside, atop a flying fortress, even to the legendary Isle of the Dead, you must stop at nothing to claim your honor and exact vengeance on the forces of evil that plague feudal Japan. You can pick up this game for only $4.99! Note: This game is not yet compatible for PB BBX v2.0.

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    by Published on 10-22-2011 06:03 PM
    Categories:
    1. Celebrity BlackBerry Sightings

    We all know that BlackBerrys have been a fad with celebrities, but now no pants? It looks like Christina Aguilera is trying to push the no-pants movement as the next big style - in warmer climates of course. Any guesses as to what BlackBerry she is holding?


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    by Published on 10-21-2011 10:42 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    Over the past few weeks it seems as though RIM has gone to great lengths in order to ensure that developers have all the necessary tools to make great apps for BlackBerry devices. RIM has released version 2.2 of their popular WebWorks SDK. There are a few new features so be sure to check it out. Here are some of the changes and new features in this release:
    • Mac OSX Support – Need we say more? This very exciting and highly demanded feature is now available. A Mac version of the WebWorks SDK installer is available for developers to use and build WebWorks applications using OSX.
    • Payment API – the same API that was recently made available for the BlackBerry® WebWorks™ SDK for PlayBook OS can now be used to sell digital goods through WebWorks applications running on BlackBerry Smartphones. This feature gives developers an incredible monetization opportunity for increasing the revenue of their applications. Read more about our payment service.
    • BB7 net_rim_api.jar – The underlying API library used by the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK has been updated to the BlackBerry® 7 developer APIs. This means that WebWorks developers can now create their own JavaScript Extensions and make use of APIs found in BlackBerry Device Software versions 5.0, BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry 7.
    • BBM APIs – Developers can now find the BlackBerry WebWorks APIs needed to integrate their applications with the BBM Social platform automatically included as part of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK. Read more about the BBM Social Platform SDK.
    • Side by side installs – The installer has been modified to produce a standalone install of the WebWorks SDK for Smartphone. This feature gives developers the ability to build different versions of their applications based on different versions of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK, which is often a requirement for supporting production code.
    • Memory leak fixes – many performance and stability improvements have been made to the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK to fix memory problems encountered with WebWorks applications running on BlackBerry 6 and 7 OS smartphones.
    If your a developer and want to check it out you can download it here.




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    by Published on 10-21-2011 01:57 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Hey Beta Zone users App World has received another update. This one actually has quite a few updates, take a look at them here:

    • Sleek New Design - The BlackBerry App World experience has been enhanced to help you discover the latest and greatest apps and content, starting right on the BlackBerry App World home screen where rotating spotlight banners show off all that’s new and exciting.
    • New Channels - Apps, Games, and Themes now have their own channels so you can get to what you want even faster. Each channel offers up a whole range of Categories, Top Lists (for Paid, Free, Rated, New Arrivals) and a Search Bar.
    • Introduction of My Account - My Account makes managing your BBID and payment options easy with direct access to all of your account information from the home screen.
    • New My World Features - My World gives you a streamlined view of all your apps and their status, and now at a glance, in addition to seeing which apps are installed and uninstalled, you can manage your subscription content and services. When new updates or subscription renewals are available for your apps, you’ll be notified using push technology.
    • App Social Sharing - When you find an app you can’t live without, share it with your contacts directly from the app details screen through BBM, Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS.
    • Evolved App Details Screen - At a glance, you can get a quick summary, check out reviews and star ratings, take a look at screen shots, and more.
    • More Search Options - Quickly find apps with a Search Bar now appearing on the storefront home screen and search results are presented across Channels as well as My World. Search Bars are also within each Channel and users have the ability to filter by App Name, Price, Rating, Newest, Best Match, or Popular.

    Head on over to the Zone, and start updating. Let us us know your findings.
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    by Published on 10-20-2011 05:36 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Games,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    We've known for awhile now the amazing capabilities of the PlayBook to render high quality games. But it wasn't until we saw the new dev SDK beta for tablet OS when we started to see the most popular high quality games start to hit App World. It's nice to see RIM finally be able to show off the gaming capabilities of the PlayBook. The video above highlights some great examples of gaming experiences on the BlackBerry PlayBook, including apps like Dead Space for BlackBerry PlayBook, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD, and N.O.V.A. 2 HD (full list below).


    Have you tried any of the new games? What would you like to see (besides Angry Birds)?

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    by Published on 10-20-2011 06:21 AM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    Official OS 7.0.0.374 from Verizon Wireless has reached the BlackBerry Torch 9850. If you have a Torch 9850, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh new OS! As always, be sure to let us know how it works for you!

    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 10-20-2011 05:39 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    Just when all the excitement over RIM's new BBX platform seems to have peaked, RIM has been struck with yet another lawsuit. This time it is in direct relation to the BBX name. BASIS International a global software company, promptly took legal action after RIM's press release about the BBX name stating that the name is causing great confusion with in its world wide customer base.

    In an official statment ASIS Chairman and CEO, Nico Spence, said,
    “We have thousands of product licenses installed worldwide with the ‘BBX’ prefix that run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and other proprietary UNIX OSs from IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and SUN, with mobile clients running Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows Mobile. We are fielding numerous customer inquiries voicing their confusion about the RIM announcement.”
    It seems as though RIM never took the time to review the current trademarks. The ironic part here is that Spence also states the following;
    “Ironically, BASIS’ BBx may aid RIM in its quest to grab a share of the application market for mobile devices in that any application created with BASIS’ BBx for the Android or iOS mobile devices will also run on BlackBerry products.”
    RIM has release the following statement regarding the issue:
    “RIM has not yet received a copy of the legal complaint described in Basis International’s press release, but we do not believe the marks are confusing, particularly since our respective companies are in different lines of business."
    Who would have thought this early in the game that RIM would be facing legal problems. We will keep you posted on this as it unfolds. I wonder what the new name will be if they have to change it. What do you think it should be called?
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    by Published on 10-19-2011 05:12 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    The recent BIS outage has pushed many projects and release dates back. One of them was the experected Beta Zone release of Twitter 2.1. Well today, we've been notified that Twitter 2.1 is available for all Beta Zone members. So if you would like to test it out head on over to www.blackberry.com/beta and sign up!

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    by Published on 10-19-2011 06:40 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Perhaps the biggest news from yesterday festivities at BlackBerry DevCon 2011, was the announcement of the PlayBook OS 2.0. Version 2.0.0.3778 to be exact offers quite a few improvements, and changes over the current 1.0.7.3312 version. In this quick review were going to touch on some key points that others have found while using OS 2.0 on the PlayBook, and explain some important details you need to know before installing this version.
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    by Published on 10-19-2011 12:32 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    It's seems just like it was yesterday that many of you were affected by RIMpocalypse.

    As mentioned earlier this week, RIM has partnered with several app developers to provide FREE premium apps as a compensation for the outage.

    The first developer to bring the offer/promotion to App World is iSpeech with their DriveSafe.ly Pro app. Typically a $19.99 USD value, the app is FREE for a limited time.

    DriveSafe.ly 2.0 speaks txt (SMS) and email messages aloud so you can concentrate on the road. Eliminate temptation to drive distracted-let DriveSafe.ly read txts (texts) and respond by voice with Pro.
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    by Published on 10-18-2011 06:49 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News

    In the excitement of the first day of BlackBerry Devcon 2011, several announcements were made today. One of the best announcements we seen today was a BlackBerry Jam, a central location where developers will be able to find a large selection of developers resources.

    • Jamming is innovating together - Build and innovative on the BlackBerry® Application Platform in your development language of choice.
    • Jamming is collaborating together - Connect with experts, partners and the broader community to be more successful on the BlackBerry platform.
    • Jamming is creating success together - Get help to go to market, be more profitable and build your business.
    I don't quite think the name fits the typical BlackBerry branding, but quirky name aside, this will be a great place for new & veteran developers to grow in the BlackBerry development knowledge.
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    by Published on 10-18-2011 04:40 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    What a wild day we are having in the BlackBerry world. It seems as though the Beta Zone users are getting some love from RIM as well. Earlier we reported that the eBay app for BlackBerry was updated, and now there is even more great news. Scoreloop SDK has been made available in the Beta Zone.

    Scoreloop provides everything you need to add social elements to any game. From developers to brands, operators and OEMs, Scoreloop’s social gaming ecosystem and SDK creates instant communities and connections, and new ways to generate revenues from mobile games.
    At this time its looks as though there are no downloads available, but I suspect they should start appearing real soon. So once again head on over to the Beta Zone and start updating.
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    by Published on 10-18-2011 04:15 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps

    We take a quick break from DevCon news to let you know that, eBay for BlackBerry has been updated to version 2.0.0.37. If you have a Beta Zone account head on over to the Zone and start updating.

    Some new features include:
    • Navigation Bar -- shows the currently selected screen and a cursor for when navigating between options
    • Tool tips -- now provided to indicate what the icon on the navigation bar is for
    • Shipping Option -- updated so only one option show at first and the user can add more or remove ones they don’t want
    • Selling items -- When selling an item, the user is provided with several return options when available
    Do you use this app?
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    by Published on 10-18-2011 02:51 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    If you've opened up App World today you may have noticed a new featured selection labeled "A Thank You Gift." Yep, RIM is prepping App World for the free app frenzy to take place tomorrow for all BlackBerry users. These apps will be available to download until the end of 2011 so that will give you plenty of time to get your app on. What's the catch? Depending on your device, some of the free premium apps will not be available to you. Of course this is normal as one wouldn't expect to run N.O.V.A. by Gamloft on the old clunky 8300. Yesterday we reported a evolving list of apps that will be included in the gift pack, amongst one month free of tech support for Enterprise users.
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