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    by Published on 07-23-2011 01:12 AM
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    Earlier today, @BlackBerryDev announced that the BlackBerry Push service would be offline tonight for 4 hours from 1am-5am EDT. This will affect all 3rd-party applications that utilize the push feature. It's uncertain if this is due to a major upgrade or minor tweaks to the Push service.



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    by Published on 07-22-2011 10:30 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Canadian-based Polar Mobile released an official announcement this week that they've been contracted to launch 500 apps for Metroland Media. These apps will cover 104 local community newspapers, so it safe to assume that we will see one BlackBerry app for each of the 104 community newspapers.


    July 19, 2011 (Toronto, ON) – Polar Mobile today announced plans to launch over 500 mobile Apps with Metroland Media Group Ltd for 104 local community newspapers across smartphone and tablet devices. Metroland is Canada’s largest community newspaper publisher with a combined distribution of 5 million copies per week across all of its community newspapers.

    “We are truly excited to take our leading community brands into the mobile application space with this unique and comprehensive solution, giving our readers and customers new ways to interact with our award-winning local content,” said Ian Oliver, President, Metroland Media Group.

    Polar Mobile’s SMART Platform powers over 1,000 mobile Apps today across iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone smartphones for over 300 Publishers in 10 countries, including the likes of Conde Nast, Rogers Media, Khaleej Times, Digital Journal, Pro Football Weekly and Transcontinental Media.

    “The local newspaper space is an untapped opportunity in mobile, as the content is exclusive and the advertiser needs are unique”, says Kunal Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Polar Mobile. “We are proud that Metroland selected Polar Mobile to partner with to launch over 500 mobile Apps and plan to grow our presence in the local newspaper market globally”.

    Local newspapers are the top source for community and neighbourhood news, local youth and high school sports, local business news, shopping and entertainment. The demographic is an appealing one for advertisers, here are results from a study released by the Suburban Newspaper Association (SNA) covering the US market (Polar Mobile is a member of the Suburban Newspaper Association):
    *Median household income is $76,500 with 39% earning over $100,000;
    *63% are inclined to shop on a Friday or Saturday;
    *82% have attended college; and
    *92% interested in local and community news.

    Polar Mobile’s SMART™ Platform provides Publishers with an affordable solution that is fast and easy to get to-market across every major smartphone and tablet device. The Platform is a fully hosted and managed solution, incorporating mobile advertising, reporting, support and other key platform services. To learn more about launching Apps with Polar Mobile, visit Polar Mobile.

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    About Polar Mobile
    Polar Mobile provides media companies globally an industry-leading Platform that makes it fast and easy to launch branded mobile Apps across every smartphone. Over 1,000 mobile Apps are powered by Polar Mobile’s SMART™ Platform for 300 media Publishers in 10 countries, which include top tier magazines, newspapers, broadcasters and online portals across news, sports, entertainment and lifestyle media verticals. For more information, visit Polar Mobile.
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    by Published on 07-22-2011 09:30 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News


    It's sad times indeed. Rogers has decided to officially discontinue the White BlackBerry Torch 9800. No word on the reason for the discontinuation, but one can speculate that it's an early sign of the Torch 9810 being released.




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    by Published on 07-22-2011 08:23 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    If you've wanted to get IM+ for your BlackBerry PlayBook, but can't seem to find it in App World, you'll be happy to know that Shape Services has released an update to the situation on their blog:

    Shape’s Development Head Alex and myself just had a talk with Tyler Lessard, RIM’s VP, Global Alliances and Developer Relations.

    Tyler was really friendly and helpful and we have now a hope that IM+ for Playbook will be approved within two weeks or so. We understand that to approve such an complex app can take the same time or more as the development of IM+ for Playbook itself. Just as remember, the app is now for two months in the testing queue.

    And the best of the talk: after years of our requests to RIM we got from Tyler a promise to consider BlackBerry Push usage for IM+. It would make user experience on the BlackBerry platform the same kind of beautiful like on iOS.

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    by Published on 07-22-2011 12:16 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Anyone who knows me even a little bit, knows that BlackBerry Travel is one of my "must have" apps. Since I drive far more than most people, I have a list of critical apps that I need to make my job as stress free, and efficient as I can. Nobody wants a stressed out trucker with 500 horses, and 80,000 pounds of steel and rubber having a breakdown on the interstate.

    The recent update for BlackBerry Travel, bringing the app version to 1.1.42.99, and adding a few new features, ensures that it will stay on my critical list for quite awhile. Adding rental car booking, a world clock, and improved Hotel recommendations just makes an already useful app, even better. Check the specs below.

    Upgrades since V1.0:
    - BlackBerry 7 Operating System Support
    - Support for BlackBerry Pearl and BlackBerry Style
    - Rental Car Booking
    - World Clock supporting 60,000 cities WW
    - Booking in 20 local currencies
    - Updated Weather Icons
    - Special Deals Search for Hotels
    - Improved Hotel Recommendations
    - Now available in 70 countries Worldwide

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    by Published on 07-21-2011 11:50 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    If you needed extra proof that the BlackBerry Torch 2 (9810) was coming to AT&T, well your skepticism can be laid to rest. TechnoBuffalo has leaked images online of a BlackBerry Torch 2 running preloaded AT&T applications. This prototype device is running OS 7.0.0.123, so it could be an older prototype.


    Only time (or an official announcement) will tell when this device will launch on AT&T.


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    by Published on 07-21-2011 11:20 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Earlier today we posted about the leaked Android App Player that was found in a Desktop Manager update changelog. RIM has come out quickly in response to explain the leak, and why you shouldn't install it on your tablet:

    “An older version of the Android App Player beta software for the BlackBerry PlayBook was inadvertently posted and has since been removed. We recommend that users refrain from downloading and installing this software since it is outdated and non-functional in many respects. The official beta release of the Android App Player for the BlackBerry PlayBook is on track for release later this summer.”
    If you have been having issues with the App Player, this explains it. I'm guessing that the official Android Player is tracking around version 2 of the QNX OS with the update being a late summer release.


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    by Published on 07-21-2011 10:49 PM
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    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    RIM announced today that it has received FIPS 140-2 certification for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, making the PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies. No other tablet on the market has gained FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).

    “RIM is pleased to announce that the BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet approved under FIPS for use within the U.S. federal government,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. “This certification demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting the needs of security-conscious organizations and enables the U.S. federal government to buy with confidence knowing that the PlayBook meets their computing policy requirements for protecting sensitive information.”
    While the PlayBook is the first certified tablet, government workers can still use other devices. Will this sway Government workers to set aside their iPads for a more secure PlayBook tablet?


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    by Published on 07-21-2011 10:29 PM
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    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    If you're excited for upcoming devices, but don't like the 99xx form-factor, you'll be happy to know that the 97xx series lives on! Several leaked tutorial videos of the 9790 have recently leaked online. I personally think this form factor is much better than the 99xx series. It's surprising that we've not heard more about this device with all the recent OS leaks.



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    by Published on 07-21-2011 11:15 AM


    RIM does it again, they have locked down sales in another country in the southern hemisphere. They are spread the BlackBerry wealth across the world. Argentina will now start to manufacture BlackBerry smartphones starting in October, 2011. This is great news for Argentiniens, these means that they will be able to experience the wonders of BlackBerry, and the glitches and the forever promise of future devices lol.

    Tierra del Fuego will be carrying these devices and will be manufacturing a ton of them. Over 5 million cell phones were manufactured in Tierra del Fuego in 2010 and government forecasts suggest 8 million will be assembled and shipped this year. Would the entire 3 million unit increase be BlackBerry Devices?

    Congrats to Argentina, on this new venture!
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    by Published on 07-21-2011 10:27 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices


    Our friends over at N4BB, have released photos of what looks like a Bold 9900. This particular Bold 9900 is sporting a Verizon Wireless logo, thus making it a 9930 and confirming that Verizon will be carrying this device.

    This is all to be taking with a grain of salt, as they say. These pictures look pretty legit, but they might not be. You never know these days with photo shop, however this does go along with the Google Ad Leak and the report of 3 new BlackBerry devices by Verizon's CMO.

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    by Published on 07-21-2011 07:00 AM


    We have had a crazy week of news this week. The 9900 seems to be the main attraction in our news lately. However popular the 9900 is, some users still find reasons to chat about the 9550.

    You can even find some chatter about Fantasy Football 2011 League in the BBOS forums. If you are a football fan, you may want to check this out!!

    For all our PlayBook users out there, we have a great Must Have PB App List for you, written by one of our users.

    If you are in the mood to play a fun forum game, check out The Word Game in the Off-Topic Section.

    Read this weeks Weekly News Recap.

    • NOTICE: We are also currently looking for outgoing writers to join the BBOS team - Click here for more information on how to join.
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    by Published on 07-20-2011 09:30 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices


    The folks over at BerryReview have just attempted to put a squash on the Wireless Charging rumor. Apparently, the false rumors of a wireless charging system, are just that... False.

    Update: We just heard from another reliable source that the contacts on the back are not for inductive charging but rather just for the NFC antenna. We knew that it had an NFC antenna in the cover but we will be keeping an eye on this one. Check the picture above to see what the contacts look like.
    This is quite unfortunate, but it looks like RIM is holding back and saving the wireless charging idea for future devices. We all know the QNX devices should be launching in 2012 late spring to summer, maybe we will see wireless charging on these future devices.


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    by Published on 07-20-2011 09:00 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices


    Every day we are adding more and more carries to the 9900 list, and today we are adding one more carrier to that list. SaskTel announced today that they will be carrying the 9900, however they have not released a date of this launch.

    This matches up perfectly with the news of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 on Bell, considering they share most of the same device line-ups. Bells announced their 9900 will be launching in August, so Sasktel customer may see the phone around the same time.

    • If you know anything about a SaskTel launched date, let us know.
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    by Published on 07-19-2011 12:29 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Are you excited for BBM 6, but don't have a Beta Zone account? Well, RIM has started sending out notifications that explain the following:

    Please be advised that BlackBerry® Messenger 6.0 for BlackBerry smartphones is scheduled to release as part of BlackBerry® 7 OS and will be available in BlackBerry App World™ storefront on July 27, 2011
    Is a OS 7 device being released somewhere on that date? Are they planning to have the updated apps in the App World a few weeks before the upcoming devices launch? Only time will tell...

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