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    by Published on 01-19-2011 09:46 PM



    While we wait for the BlackBerry PlayBook to released in its WiFi - and WiMAX-equipped forms over the next few months, RIM's taking every opportunity it can to talk about the platform - and the latest comes from an interview between FierceDeveloper and the company's veep of developer relations, Tyler Lessard, who played a prominent role at BlackBerry DevCon '10 a while back where the PlayBook was first announced. When asked about RIM's decision to partner up with Sprint and deliver a WiMAX version first before looking at bigger carriers with more broadly-used technologies, Lessard says,

    "were really excited about was Sprint's interest and excitement in coming to the table and working with us on a product like that" -- which we take as code for either "they paid us the most" or "no one else bit."
    Either way, interesting comments to say the least - though he does say that there are other versions in the pipe. On App World, Lessard notes that BlackBerry's third-party app platform has taken in some 5,000 apps in the last couple months alone - not a big number, necessarily, until you consider that they're only up to 17,000 total, so they're definitely seeing some nice growth percentages there. This is mostly likely due to the release of BlackBerry OS 6.

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    by Published on 01-19-2011 01:24 PM



    Back in September we covered the release of the Starbucks app for the BlackBerry Smartphone. Starting today, you’ll be able to swipe BlackBerry at almost all Starbucks locations to pay for your coffee (or those triple double chocolately whipped-up lattes with a cherry on top).

    How easy will it be to pay for that special coffee of choice? Just tap “touch to pay” in the app, hold it up to the scanner at the register and you’re off and running.

    To download the Starbucks app from your mobile, text "GO" to 70845


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    by Published on 01-18-2011 10:27 PM



    Evidence has shown over the past couple weeks to call this a lock, but let's just go ahead and close the loop on this one: Verizon's official FAQ list has been updated to indicate that its New Every Two upgrade discount program is out. In short, that means that new lines of Verizon service won't be eligible for an equipment discount after your two-year contract is up, and folks that are currently enrolled in an NE2-eligible plan will only be able to redeem the discount one more time before being taken out of it. The move kind of dovetails with Verizon's decision a few months back to bump the smartphone ETF to a introducing $350. However, you will still be eligible for normal subsidized pricing once you pass into the upgrade period on your contract, you just won't get an extra discount on top of that.


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    by Published on 01-18-2011 10:16 PM



    A rumor just surfaced that RIM is currently developing a version of its upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook compatible with AT&T’s 3G cellular data networks. CIO’s Mobile Workhorse blog cites a trusted source in reporting that AT&T’s version of the PlayBook tablet will launch in late March or early April. The same source states that an LTE version will follow soon after the release of the 3G version. Only two BlackBerry PlayBook models have been announced by RIM so far — a Wi-Fi-only version that will launch this quarter and a 4G WiMAX-enabled model that will become available from Sprint some time this summer. RIM is on target to begin taking orders for the Wi-Fi version of its tablet sometime in February according to the report, and orders will be filled sometime in March.


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    by Published on 01-18-2011 06:28 PM
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    Today, RIM opened registration for the 2011 BlackBerry World conference, which includes an Early Bird Rate available through February 25th. Attendants will receive the following:

    • Hear the most current information about the BlackBerry solution, today’s new application partners, and roadmaps for the future
    • See live demonstrations of the BlackBerry solution at work
    • Get the answers you need from BlackBerry experts to develop value-driven wireless solutions, as well as carriers and vendors who can help you complete all your wireless research
    • Meet and connect with key executives who are making the BlackBerry solution part of their business planning, and the industry leaders who are shaping the future of global wireless technology

    BlackBerry World is being held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida May 3-5, 2011. Check out more information and register at BlackBerry World.
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    by Published on 01-17-2011 08:07 PM
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    Celebrity BlackBerry Sighting ALERT!

    Yes, celebrity star Halle Berry uses a Berry. Coincidence?? Here she is seen walking along with a happy smile. Apparently, rumor has it, that she was so happy that day to be heading to the local library computer to browse BlackBerryOS.com.


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    by Published on 01-17-2011 06:50 PM
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    Attention developers! Got some news released from Inside BlackBerry on new ways to monetize your applications through BlackBerry App World. BlackBerry App World will now offer access to consumers in over 100 countries and territories supporting 26 different currencies. And, to increase the options you have for monetizing your apps, RIM has announce the release of the Payment Service SDK Beta, which allows for live in-application purchases via the new BlackBerry Payment Service.

    In-App purchasing has become a big part on how Smartphone users purchase content from applications. The BlackBerry Payment Service SDK allows you to easily offer content for sale in your app, while providing the consumer with the trusted BlackBerry branding.


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    by Published on 01-17-2011 05:59 PM
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    RIM has expanded their social media presence with the launch of a new LinkedIn group. The BlackBerry for Business group is the first official LinkedIn community from Research In Motion...

    "This community is an information and discussion hub for business users and decision makers. It’s a great venue to contribute best practices, advice, case studies and general knowledge as it relates to the BlackBerry platform in your industry. There will also be a good volume of discussion around the latest trends in mobility, computing and IT solutions."

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    by Published on 01-17-2011 03:20 PM
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    RIM is mulling the prospects of a management tool that would control devices and services beyond the BlackBerry, vice president Pete Devenyi said in an interview following a Boston business event. He hinted that the company's remote administration might extend not just to other phones but to those not using BlackBerry services. Although not stating it by name, he hinted strongly to AllThingsD that it would be a reaction to companies like JPMorgan allowing Android and iPhone use for those who wanted to use something other than a BlackBerry, even if they had to pay for it themselves.

    "BlackBerry is and will continue to be dominant in most corporations," Devenyi said. "[But] it's not going to be the only device given the fact that consumers have the choice to bring in their own devices and IT departments are often letting them in. So there's a question there. Do those corporations have to manage those devices differently or is there the possibility that RIM might extend capabilities to make it easier for those corporations to manage those devices as well?"
    Right now he's just talking about device management, but if this goes forward it could be a sign of a willingness for RIM to move some of its proprietary services to other devices. BBM on Android and iPhone? We know a few people getting positively giddy at that (highly speculative) prospect.


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    by Published on 01-17-2011 03:09 PM
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    One of the biggest criticisms of RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook is the tablet’s need to be tethered to a BlackBerry smartphone in order to perform certain functions. The PB must have a wireless connection to a BlackBerry in order to access PIM-related functions such as calendar, contacts and memos. The tablet also won’t be able to send or receive corporate email using its native email application without being tethered to a BlackBerry phone.

    “On its own, this is a great standalone tablet,” RIM’s senior product manager in charge of the PlayBook Ryan Bidan told Forbes in an interview. “This is not a device that is reliant on a BlackBerry.” Biden goes on to say that the PlayBook is a solid tablet “in its own right” and that it extends both the mobile and laptop experiences for users.
    I would think one can still POP mail on it and calendar, just not have BES/BIS function without this handset linking. Makes sense since you need SIM to access for these functions to work and Playbook will be WiFi only on release. If there is no other mail function on it except web based this would be something else.


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    by Published on 01-15-2011 05:06 PM
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    Waiting for Verizon Wireless to fire up 4G LTE in your area? At the end of 2011, we should see at least 140 markets be blanketed with LTE coverage, and by 2013, Verizon is aiming to have at least 2/3 of the country covered. See the full list below of 2011 markets. To see where your area sits on the 4G LTE map, head over to the Verizon Wireless sight and enter your area's details.


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    by Published on 01-15-2011 12:28 AM
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    BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said in a statement on Monday that it has agreed to filter pornographic content from BlackBerry devices in Indonesia. The news comes following pressure from the Indonesian government, which put strict anti-pornography laws in place in 2008.

    “Research in Motion is fully committed to working with Indonesia’s carriers to put in place a prompt, compliant filtering solution for BlackBerry subscribers in Indonesia as soon as possible,” the company said in a statement.
    This is the first time RIM has agreed to filter content from its BlackBerry devices. According to a report from SC Magazine, the Indonesian government is also requesting that RIM establish a server presence in the country so that it can easily access and monitor data sent by its citizens from BlackBerry devices.



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    by Published on 01-14-2011 10:14 PM
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    Skype wastes no time in acquiring video calling rival, Qik. The transfer of shares and funds between the shareholders of Qik and Skype was completed today and Qik is now under the ownership of Skype.

    According to Skype, the two companies will:

    "focus on providing a richer, more integrated experience that will allow people globally to share experiences in real-time video across different platforms,"
    And it notes that Qik's:

    "deep engineering capabilities and strong mobile relationships will be an impressive complementary fit with Skype."
    This should lead up to some even more exiting video calling integration with all the top of the line Smartphones/Tablets coming out with front facing video cameras. So what do you think of the new name "Sqik." Mmm, on the other hand, maybe not.



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    by Published on 01-14-2011 07:57 PM
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    Celebrity BlackBerry Sighting ALERT!

    NBA star Kevin Garnett seen with his BB 83xx. This photo is reported to be a couple years old, but that still doesn't stop many BB users from holding onto their old BB devices. Someone should tell Kevin that a shirt over the head isn't going to conceal a 7 foot frame.



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    by Published on 01-14-2011 04:16 PM
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    According to an unconfirmed report, Chinese manufacturer Quanta Computer will build and ship over 1 million BlackBerry PlayBook tablets for RIM in the first quarter of 2011.The report claims RIM will launch the Wi-Fi-only version of the PlayBook in March, with 3G and 4G versions to follow in the second quarter.


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