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    by Published on 11-17-2011 06:28 AM
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    One of RIM's complimentary App World apps ($19.99 value), DriveSafe.ly, has been updated to v2.103. Not much as far as what was done besides "bug fixes," but hopefully this will fix the issues that many users reported when it first became a free app. Let us know how it works for you in the comments!

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    by Published on 11-17-2011 06:16 AM
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    Over the past few months RIM has been working hard to improve its BlackBerry App World. We have seen much improvements with the recent releases such as a revamped user interface. Now RIM is working on version 3.1 which will allow for one very important feature, WiFi support. That means if you have a wifi connection you can still download all your favorite apps, and at faster speeds. In addition another new feature called "gifting" will also be available. This new feature allows you to download a app that someone else paid for.

    These two features will be a nice addition to the current App World. I am really looking forward to the WiFi support. What do you think about these two new features?
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    by Published on 11-17-2011 01:14 AM
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    I'm glad to see that Developer, Tafasa, has updated their app, PatternLock, as it is my all time favorite locking application for BlackBerry. The new version release is v2.1 and brings with it support for BlackBerry OS 7 devices. If you have a touchscreen device and you want a awesome customizable app, you won't be disappointed with PatternLock. You can pick it up right now in our BBOS App Store or BB App World for only $1.99.
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    by Published on 11-17-2011 12:03 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Easy Smiley Pack for BlackBerry Messenger has received yet another update.This is a great app to find all those hidden BBM icons that your friends keep sending to you.

    Version 2.0.13 brings many tweaks & updates:

    • Now Compatible with OS 5.0 and above
    • Fixed Bugs, Bug that caused Crashing Fixed
    • Improved Stability and Performance
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    by Published on 11-16-2011 11:55 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News


    Earlier today I had the opportunity to attend the BlackBerry Innovation Forum 2011 in Washington DC. The event is part of a circuit of forums held by RIM at various locations. The idea behind these forums is to show organizations what BlackBerry can do for them, and how they can take advantage of various solutions that RIM has to offer. This one was not as elaborate as the ones in London or EMEA, but did provide a wealth of information regarding the future of BlackBerry.

    I was able to gather up quite a bit of information from the breakout sessions, and was able to chat with several RIM employees about the star of the show, the BlackBerry PlayBook. Here is a brief overview of some key points that you may find interesting.

    PlayBook 2.0
    • Will have native email client with a a unique feature rich UI. Client will have more options than current bridge based mail client
    • Calendar completely revamped, and includes new "people view" feature
    • No plans for BBM client
    • Native file app
    • Contacts app more feature rich, more like current BlackBerry's Contact list.
    • Target date around February 2012
    Misc
    • RIM is working on Bluetooth keyboard and case that fit together for the PlayBook. Release around February 2012. Cost is a little over $100
    • RIM working on Enterprise App World for enterprise applications
    • OS 7.1 is looking like a December release
    • UMA update for 9900 may come later this year
    • RIM Working on 10" PlayBook, and larger BlackBerry devices for next year
    I was able to see a live demo of Playbook 2.0 and everything was working smooth and crisp. So the final product should not be disappointing. I also got to see the new Bluetooth keyboard and case for the Playbook and they both look amazing. Overall big things happening in the world of BlackBerry. 2012 is looking like the year of the BlackBerry.
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    by Published on 11-16-2011 11:52 PM
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    SocialScope Lite, probably the most elusive & exclusive Twitter/Facebook client for BlackBerry, has just been updated to v0.9.6.34. So, for those of you who are lucky to have a private beta copy, you should be receiving a notice to download the new version.

    No changelog yet for this new version.

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    by Published on 11-16-2011 10:48 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Themes,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Application and theme company, Magmic, have reported that they have been able to successfully load themes onto BlackBerry 7 devices. They said that they were still limited to what they could do, but that they may have some full themes after a bit more tweaking around. If you remember, RIM came out and publicly and said that the Theme Studio software for BlackBerry 7 devices would not become available until about mid-year 2012. So it's no surprise to see some developers trying to push to get themes on the new OS to subdue the hungry theme attics.

    However, if you remember back in August of 2009, Bplay was able to modify Plazmic Theme Builder to allow for themes to work on the Tour 9630 device. RIM came out with a statement that condemned the actions, calling it tampering with the software and a violation of the license agreement. Although, since RIM has officially taken over the Theme Studio software from Plazmic perhaps the rules have changed.


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    by Published on 11-15-2011 05:05 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Research In Motion today announced plans to launch the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone in Indonesia. The powerful BlackBerry Bold 9790 features a compact design and offers users a fully loaded, high performance smartphone with the dual benefits of a high resolution touch display and a highly tactile keyboard. The new smartphone will be available in Indonesia from 25th November priced at 4,599,000IDR from authorized partners: PT. Teletama Artha Mandiri, PT. Comtech Cellular, and PT. Selular Media Infotama.

    "Indonesia is an important market for RIM and we are very excited to introduce the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone here first,” said Gregory Wade, Regional Managing Director at RIM. “The BlackBerry Bold 9790 combines a fluid touch display with the iconic BlackBerry keyboard in an impressively slim and stylish design. It’s powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system and delivers a truly outstanding mix of communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features.”
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    by Published on 11-15-2011 09:21 AM
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    Earlier we told you that RIM officially announced the release of the Bold 9790 and Curve 9380. Like the Bold 9790 the specifications can get a bit confusing at times. So like we did with the Bold 9790 we will break down the Curve 9380 specifications. As with the 9790 there are many similarities between older versions of the devices and the new devices.
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    by Published on 11-15-2011 08:16 AM
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    Earlier today we told you that RIM officially announced the release of the Bold 9790 and the Curve. It can easily get confusing with all of these BlackBerry devices to choose from. So here is a little break down of what you can expect from the new BlackBerry Bold 9790.
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    by Published on 11-15-2011 06:39 AM
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    2. BlackBerry News


    After many rumors and leaked photos of the Bold 9790 and the Curve 9380, we finally get to see the real deal. Today RIM has made the release of both devices official, and soon you will be able to purchase them from your favorite local carrier. I know many people have been excited for both of these phones to come out. Especially the 9380 as it has a sleek new look.
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    by Published on 11-14-2011 05:18 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    BlackBerry Traffic v3.0 for BlackBerry smartphone users is now available in BlackBerry Beta Zone. BlackBerry Traffic measures real-time traffic conditions to provide users with a recommended route to take and an estimated time of arrival. Where applicable, the app can even account for toll routes and give users alternative routes to help avoid them! The new version features audible turn-by-turn directions.

    New features include:

    • Voice Guidance – New voice guidance helps users reach their destination with completely hands free navigation. The audible-turn-by-turn directions can run over Bluetooth® or via your vehicle’s speakers. Users can set up the voice instructions with varying levels of detail.
    • Additional Road Information – User can find out if a road is closed or under construction as well as note toll routes that lie ahead!

    Whether on a long commute or traveling somewhere new, you’re not alone while on the road with BlackBerry Traffic v3.0 guiding the way.
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    by Published on 11-14-2011 01:00 PM
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    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Last week we told you about the the leaked version 7.0.0.503 for the Bold 9900. This time is official, A1 has released version 7.0.0.503. So if you have a Bold 9900 its time to get out the USB and start the upgrade process. No word yet on a change log so remember to fill us in with your findings/fixes.


    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 11-14-2011 06:18 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    The security gurus over at RIM continue to do what they do best, and make sure that every device released by the company is as secure as it can be. Today RIM has announced that its newly released OS 7 devices have reached EAL4+ certification. In short the EAL stands for Evaluation Assurance Level, and is used to grade IT products or systems to make sure that they meet industry security standards.

    Here is the official statement from RIM:

    Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that BlackBerry® smartphones running on the BlackBerry® 7 Operating System (OS) have been independently evaluated by a third-party Common Criteria evaluation facility and meet the security criteria for evaluation assurance level (EAL) 4+.


    The Common Criteria is an international standard for validating that products meet specific security requirements. Widely respected for its extensive and comprehensive evaluation by an independent third party, EAL4+ accreditation examines a product’s design, software development methodology, and security mechanisms. EAL4+ is the highest level of accreditation under the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) by 26 countries.


    “Security is one of the most important considerations for enterprise customers and we are proud that BlackBerry 7 OS has earned this rigorous certification,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at RIM. “RIM is renowned as a market leader in the delivery of secure mobile solutions, and this achievement helps to provide our customers globally with continued confidence in deploying BlackBerry solutions throughout their organizations.”


    As a market leader in the area of information assurance and compliance, RIM is committed to independent, third party security testing and certifications of BlackBerry products. RIM is active in the Cryptographic Module Validation Program in North America, United Kingdom CESG Assisted Product Service (CAPS) and International Common Criteria evaluation scheme. BlackBerry® Enterprise Server has been previously awarded EAL4+ certification and the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution has also been previously approved for storing and transmitting sensitive data by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as government organizations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia and New Zealand.

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    by Published on 11-14-2011 01:25 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News

    Being late to the party isn't always a bad thing.

    If you live in Quebec, you'll be happy to know that Videotron has finally released the BlackBerry Bold 9900 earlier this month. This is a great alternative to the big three here in Canada, & with a price tag of $189.95 on contract or $599.95 outright you really can't go wrong.

    Will you be getting this device?
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