BlackBerryOS.com - News and Rumors
  • News and Rumors RSS Feed

    by Published on 06-23-2011 05:11 PM


    RIM's future is about as uncertain as it can get. For many regular BlackBerry users this doesn't really affect their daily lives as, worst case scenario if BlackBerry dies out, they could simply move on and get a new phone with a new company. For some us though, the thought of our beloved Canadian-based cellphone manufacturer going under is a super depressing one.

    None of us want to even think BlackBerry could just disappear and that we'd have to decide between getting an Android, Windows 7, webOs phone or iPhone. But with all the negative publicity RIM has been getting these last couple of weeks, one can't help but wonder what the future holds for BlackBerry. Will we ever see the QNX-based OS we've been promised? Will RIM get a new CEO(s) that might want to take BlackBerry in a different direction? Will RIM be bought out by another company (Google, Apple, Microsoft, HP)?

    While we have no way of knowing what a specific person taking over the CEO role could do to improve a company, we can guess and hypothesize what a merger with another giant could bring to the table for us BlackBerry users. That's why this last question presents to me the most interesting scenario worth debating. Could a merger work?

    Originally, I was going to concentrate on covering all this information in one article. Half an hour into it I realized it would be nearly impossible so I decided to divide this editorial into three parts. Here is Part I. Please forgive me for what I'm about to write.
    View Comments
    by Published on 06-22-2011 08:27 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps




    The Google Mobile Search app has been updated to v3.9.8. No presence of a change log, but it's always good to get updated to the latest version. Could just be the routine bug fixes. Download and let us know if you notice anything different.


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-22-2011 08:00 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    RIM is promoting their native BlackBerry Travel app with a contest for chance to win a trip for two to Australia, plus a USD $2,500 gift card. Do you use the Travel app? Tell use how it works for you in the comments!


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-22-2011 07:38 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    RIM has started to hand out layoff notices after it said on Friday it would cut an unspecified number of jobs, a local newspaper said on Tuesday. But, so far officials from the Canadian company could not be reached immediately to confirm the report in the Waterloo Region Record, which serves the Ontario city where RIM is headquartered. The report gave no specific numbers on the layoff notices, but noted that RIM employs about 17,500 workers globally, including 9,000 in the Waterloo region. Are you one of the many being affected by the RIM layoffs?


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-22-2011 07:21 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    Joy of Tech, a comic about technology and pop culture, takes another shot at RIM in their latest piece. The comic draws upon the recent criticism that RIM has drawn from investors to split up the CEO position that is shared between Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis.

    The last time Joy of Tech took a shot at RIM was when Mike Lazaridis stopped an interview when asked about negative reviews of the PlayBook.

    What are your thoughts? Does this comic accurately reflect the situation going on with RIM's upper management?


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-22-2011 07:46 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    [Mobile? Click Here for Video]

    BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry 7 OS made it's first appearance at CommunicAsia. Not only is it nice to keep seeing these videos of the 9900, this particular video is hilarious how they keep looping that snazzy music in the background!


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-22-2011 06:26 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    The popular Twitter app UberSocial (once known as UberTwitter) has been updated with a wealth of changes today! Version 1.20 includes the following changes:
    • The Inner Circle - Users have asked us how best to manage their busy timelines and we believe this feature will greatly assist in this. The Inner Circle allows you to elevate the most important users you follow to an exclusive timeline. You can set separate notifications on tweets/replies/DMs from anyone in the Inner Circle as well as separate icon notifications.
    • DealBox - This new feature will allow you to get offers on the best deals near you and customized for you. A small, passive notification will appear in the top right of the title bar to let you know if there are any new deals available. For users that have subscriptions, we have turned this feature off by default, but you can turn it on if you choose in the options screen.
    • Support for Twitter's new authentication mechanism for third-party clients - When you first install UberSocial you will be asked to go through the login process again, this is required in order to maintain compliance with Twitter's access mechanism.
    • Support for photos sent with Twitter's new photo service
    • Enhanced image viewing - For users on BlackBerry OS 5 and 6 you will now use the built-in image viewer to zoom and pan avatars and images. You can also now email these images from both places.
    • Unfollowing UberSocial from within the UberSocial application will now turn off auto-following of UberSocial if it was still on
    • A long click on a tweet on BlackBerry OS 6 devices will now bring up the menu
    • High quality photographs - You can now send original and higher quality images when sending a picture to Lockerz - you have the choice of small, medium and original, note that medium and original sizes will take longer to upload, but will be of higher/highest quality.
    • Fixed a bug with older BlackBerry OS 4.7 devices that had trouble loading UberSocial
    • Changed the name of the client attribution to 'UberSocial for BlackBerry'
    • Removed all umlauts over the U's in UberSocial
    • Reverse geo-location will now use BlackBerry's service and if that isn't available Twitter's reverse geo service
    • Fixed bug where users avatars which had transparency would not be maintained when added to the UberBar
    • Fixed bug where you sometimes could not select a location for trending topics
    • Fixed bug where a users avatar which is in the Uber Bar would not be loaded
    • Fixed the Facebook login bug - note that if you have set your facebook device to require the naming of each device that logs in, this is still an issue.

    View Comments
    by Published on 06-21-2011 08:30 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Slacker Radio is offering a one month free subscription to celebrate the launch of their new service! Also, at the end of the promotion, Slacker will randomly select 40 winners to receive 1-year subscriptions. The one month subscription includes:

    • Search for songs and albums and listen on demand
    • Create custom playlists with your favorite songs
    • Replay songs on Slacker radio stations
    • Listen without audio or banners ads
    • Skip an unlimited number of songs
    • Get complete song lyrics*
    • Store stations, playlists and albums on your smartphone and play without a wireless signal*

    To get your free one month subscription head to their Facebook page for all the details. Good luck to all!


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-21-2011 08:08 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Software


    [Mobile? Click Here for Video]

    From the BlackBerry World 2011 conference, David Heit, Director of Software Product Strategy, discusses BlackBerry Bridge, which is an app that allows the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to access existing BlackBerry smartphone applications including secure browsing, access to corporate email, and many other enterprise uses. BlackBerry Bridge can be used with both BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

    Bridge has been a feature that has drawn criticism from non-Berry users, as native email and BBM can only be accessed if you have a BlackBerry device. Although, RIM hopes to quell this criticism with a no strings attached update that will allow for the PlayBook to become a independent device, free of the smartphone. This will surely draw in more consumers that don't have a BlackBerry. What is your favorite feature of BlackBerry Bridge? How would you use it? Let us know in the comments!


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-21-2011 07:54 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    [Mobile? Click Here for Video]

    One of the new features coming up in OS 7 on the new Bold 9900 smartphone is a built-in compass (magnetometer) designed to support location-based services and augmented reality. With BlackBerry 7, new APIs will allow you to take advantage of this new functionality within your applications.

    At the BlackBerry World conference, featured was a new application created by Mobilizy: Wikitude. The above Wikitude demo video showcases the power of BlackBerry 7 and the exciting opportunity augmented reality can bring to your apps. What do you think about augmented reality?


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-21-2011 07:33 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps




    DropBox for BlackBerry has been updated to v1.0.39.34. No specific change log to go with the update, just says that there has been some bug fixes. So if you were having some issues, or even if you weren't, it's always good to get updated.


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-21-2011 07:10 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    With the recent Bold Touch OS leak, it was discovered that a few native IM apps were also updated. These apps include GTalk, Yahoo! & Windows Live Messenger. As these IM app updates were extracted from a OS 6 leak, they will NOT work with OS 5 devices!



    View Comments
    by Published on 06-20-2011 05:52 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps

    Seesmic, a some-what popular social networking app, has issued the following statement:

    Blackberry users, we have important news we would like to share:

    Effective June 30th, Seesmic will discontinue support for Blackberry in order to focus development efforts on our most popular mobile platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7.

    We encourage those effected by this change to try out Seesmic for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7, as well as and Web.

    Sincerely,

    Team Seesmic
    For those of you unfamiliar with Seesmic, it is an app that attempts to merge multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts for its users. The Seesmic for BlackBerry app though fell incredibly short of that. The app hardly ever got updates, was overall very buggy and it just seemed like it was designed in a overall lazy fashion. Most BlackBerry users have never even heard of Seesmic so this news comes as no surprise. The slap in the face for all BlackBerry users that read this is the fact that the Seesmic Team is actually suggesting that the Windows Phone 7 is a more popular platform than ours. Really though?

    Either way, the current Seesmic for BlackBerry will continue to function until Twitter or Facebook make some major change like their log-in authentication; etc.

    View Comments
    by Published on 06-20-2011 04:22 PM
    Categories:
    1. Celebrity BlackBerry Sightings



    [Mobile? Click Here for Video]

    Well, it's no "Ping me Baby," but if you like your rap with a little bit more swagg in it, then check out the "SwaggBerry" music video. Are you a SwaggBerry fan? Tell us your favorite BlackBerry song to date?


    View Comments
    by Published on 06-20-2011 03:08 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices


    Some like to kick others when they're already down. After RIM's last conference call it was evident the Canadian company is struggling. Well today a new rumor came out from the BGR which basically mentions how RIM is pushing carriers too far to approve their new device OSes.

    View Comments

  • Sponsored Ad

  • Recent Comments

  • Most Commented

    The most commented articles on BlackBerryOS over the past 24 hours.
  • Recent Forum Posts

    merlin29

    Passport and Classic in UK

    so am i, as soon as it arrives will try Demo in store, only need a few minutes use to decide to buy one,
    can it replace my Bold 9900 ? if not there

    merlin29 08-22-2014, 08:28 AM Go to last post
    zhengfei

    Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac Version: 3.7.0

    Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is everything you need to transcode and convert AVCHD/MTS/M2TS/M2T/ TS/TP/TRP/MOD/TOD generated by Canon, Panasonic,

    zhengfei 08-22-2014, 02:24 AM Go to last post
    Arunachalam

    How to create an ODBC connection

    Hi Friends,

    Good Morning,

    Create an ODBC Connection

    With an ODBC connection, you can connect to any database,

    Arunachalam 08-22-2014, 12:56 AM Go to last post
    Arunachalam

    I love BLACKBERRY

    Hi Friends,

    Good Afternoon,

    I Love Blackberry mobile..

    Arunachalam 08-21-2014, 03:24 AM Go to last post
    weirdstuff

    Passport and Classic in UK

    Sounds awesome! I'm seriously excited about this device, hoping that functionality (in this format / form-factor) will overcome whimsy and I'll be able

    weirdstuff 08-20-2014, 04:09 PM Go to last post
  • Sponsored Ad