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    by Published on 05-08-2011 07:58 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News



    According to Comscore's latest report, RIM has taken the biggest hit in US market subscribers, slipping 4.5 points to a share of 27.1 percent. While Android's share of the US smartphone market jumped six percent in the three-month period to land at 34.7 percent, putting them in the lead that RIM once held. And while RIM had a big drop, it still was enough to stay ahead of Apple, who sits at 25.5 percent.

    Let's not beat around the bush here. It is the lack of production from RIM to be able to push out the line of upcoming BlackBerry devices into the market that caused such a shift in the rankings. And while RIM has had a lot of their focus on the tablet market with the relatively successful PlayBook, as they try to find a place in the growing number of users who use tablets - it shows this shift in focus has affected the Smartphone end, as many BB users lose patience. RIM did officially announce the Bold 9930/9900 at BlackBerry World 2011 last week, and Vodafone UK has also announced that they will be carrying the new Bold Touch device, but is it already too-little too-late to take the lead back in the coming months? It makes one wonder how many will be holding off or jumping ship until the new devices are in the hands of Smartphone users.


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    by Published on 05-06-2011 06:45 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook




    Looking for another way to dress your BlackBerry device? Get the one and only BBOS wallpaper and make your Berry happy! The BBOS wallpaper is available for all devices including the new PlayBook resolution. Head to the Forum and download now!


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    by Published on 05-06-2011 04:33 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Games


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    Embark on an epic journey to save the Earth from the wrath of invading aliens! When aliens begin their attack, you must use your skills to fend them off with 17 unique and brilliantly animated humans ranging from flamethrowers to attack helicopters! Immerse yourself in 5 beautifully rendered locations as you unlock characters and fight off 9 different types of encroaching aliens. Fight your way through day and night against aliens that do everything from cloak themselves and fly above your defenders.

    Try your skills at Unlimited Mode and see how long you can last against an unlimited flow of aliens. Meteors rain from the sky destroying both humans and aliens, making you stay on your toes!

    I think you'll love this new tower defense game from Epic Applications. Humans vs Aliens is launching with the introductory price of only $3.99 on the BlackBerry App World!


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    by Published on 05-05-2011 10:01 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    I'm a huge social media lover & always like to keep myself updated on what my friends are doing & what's going on in the world. When I first got my BlackBerry in May of last year, the first application that I downloaded was Twitter For BlackBerry. At the time, I didn't know better & was mesmerized by it. Over the following months, I slowly learnt of other options, such as Blaq, HootSuite & SocialScope, which all brought new features & a more friendly UI.

    Well, today I am please to announce that RIM has finally launched Twitter for BlackBerry v2.0 in BlackBerry Beta Zone!

    This new version brings many new tweaks to the UI & new features, including:

    • Redesigned Nav Bar
      The Nav Bar has a whole new look with simplified icons that provide a cleaner layout and a more familiar Twitter experience. With a single click, you can quickly access your Home Timeline, @Mentions, Messages, Lists, perform a search from the new Single Search Screen, or submit a tweet with the new “Compose Tweet” button accessible from anywhere in the app.

    • New Compose Tweet Button
      The new “Compose Tweet” button in Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones 2.0 is a single touch-point for creating new tweets from anywhere in the app, making it easier than ever to share your location (if setting is enabled) and photos with your followers.

    • Single Search Screen
      With the new Single Search Screen in Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones 2.0, you can search for tweets, tweets nearby, people, as well as go-to @users all from a single location. From the new Single Search Screen, you can also view Trending Topics and Saved Searches – unifying the entire Twitter Search experience.

      Another great feature for BlackBerry 6 users: Twitter Search works with Universal Search on your BlackBerry smartphone. Search for anything, and Universal Search will pull in relevant results from your entire BlackBerry smartphone, including all Search categories within Twitter.

    • External Notifications
      A new application header notifies you when you receive other types of messages, like BBM messages or email, as well as displaying your network connectivity while in the Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones app – meaning you no longer need to leave the application in order to discover the types of new external notifications you have.

    • New Black/Chrome Color Scheme
      The color scheme throughout the app has been updated to be consistent with the look of the Twitter brand.
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    by Published on 05-05-2011 08:59 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors



    Coming to Vodafone?... Yes! "Coming soon" to Vodafone?... Perhaps not. We reported earlier that techsite, BGR, acquired information from sources today which say that the Bold 9900/9930 will not be launching until mid-August at the earliest. Three months from now is hardly "Coming Soon." If the information received is correct, then be prepared to have a little patience to get your hands on the device.

    It could be that Vodafone just wants to get a hand in first with the touchscreen Bold device from RIM with a early announcement. Either way, you can still be the first to know when it becomes available by registering for updates at the Vodafone website.


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    by Published on 05-05-2011 08:31 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors,
    4. BlackBerry PlayBook



    The guys over at BGR claim to have been told by 'multiple sources' that RIM is planning on releasing the next PlayBook design around this year's holiday season. Rumor has it the next PlayBook design will be a 10 inch model, adding to the already 7 inch model.

    Also, via unconfirmed information - the just announced BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 will not be launching until mid-August at the earliest. The previous timeframe for the launch was during June/July. The launch has been delayed for reasons unknown. Additionally, the rest of RIM’s 2011 lineup won’t be announced until BlackBerry’s DevCon conference on October 18th. Apparently the hierarchy at RIM have been vocally unhappy about the “disproportionate” reallocation of resources to the PlayBook away from the OS 7 lineup.

    How about it? Would you buy a 10 inch PlayBook?


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    by Published on 05-04-2011 06:24 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


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    While we wait on RIM to approve the native email app aMail from third party developer AiFlex, we have a chance to see one of the most anticipated demos of BlackBerry World 2011. Keynote attendees got a sneak peek of the upcoming Native email and PIM (Personal Information Management) for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. These PIM applications (including Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, MemoPad and, of course, Email) will come to BlackBerry PlayBook tablets via an update to the BlackBerry Tablet OS later this summer. Andrew Bocking, VP Handheld Software Product Management, gives us a video demo of the Email and Contacts applications. Be sure to take a look and post a comment to let us know what you think!


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    by Published on 05-04-2011 04:28 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    The guys over at N4BB just got some exciting news. An update to BlackBerry App World will be coming soon, sometime in July or August, almost a year after the v2 update. Hopefully this update will also allow BlackBerry users in currently unsupported countries to use it (for example; yours truly). The new App World will feature:
    • New UI (categories OS6s-style with carousel)
    • Social Sharing of Apps (via BBM)
    • Subscription for content per7/30 days Trials
    • Normalize prices between currencies
    • Search bar (like universal search in home screen)
    • Carrier Billing for major carriers

    Let's not forget the Enterprise version. This will include:
    • Enterprise channel inside AppWorld
    • Blackberry OS first, PlayBook later
    • Visibility and permissions managed by BES admin

    Source:N4BB
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    by Published on 05-04-2011 04:24 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    RIM announced at BlackBerry World that they would be working hard with software developers Rovio to get Angry Birds on the PlayBook. I am seriously excited about this. We already posted about users being able to play the an Angry Birds flash game from their PlayBook's browser, now this is the real deal. No word of the release date, though I'm sure they won't keep us waiting.

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    by Published on 05-04-2011 10:26 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


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    Just days after the Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook app announcement, Inside BlackBerry's Douglas Soltys decided to catch up with his fellow blogger and BlackBerry App World Project Manager, Alex Kinsella to show us the ins and outs of the new app. If you’ve got your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in hand, you can download the Facebook app from BlackBerry App World right now! Let us know what you think, and feel free to post a comment with your thoughts about the Facebook app for PlayBook!


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    by Published on 05-04-2011 08:05 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News


    Recently announced at BlackBerry World 2011 was the latest addition to the BlackBerry Bold family - the Bold 9900/9930 smartphone - which is powered by the new BlackBerry 7 OS. In the video above, Product Managers Michael and Jason take a deeper look at the hardware and software capabilities of these powerful new devices.


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    by Published on 05-04-2011 12:08 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    The video above is with Ryan Bidan, senior product manager for the PlayBook, who gave Engadget a hands-on demo of BlackBerry Messenger on the PlayBook. It's not a native app - which means you'll need the PlayBook to be paired with a BlackBerry smartphone via BlackBerry Bridge. The BBM update for PlayBook was announced yesterday and is being pushed out to users - along with a Bridge update on the handset side. We imagine a stand alone version of BBM for PlayBook will be available in the future, but for now, this should hold off all of us BBMers out there.


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    by Published on 05-03-2011 11:49 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    Steve Ballmer made an appearance today at BlackBerry World 2011 and announced a partnership between Microsoft and RIM to integrate Bing into BlackBerry products. In addition to making Bing the default search and map provider for all BlackBerry devices moving foward, services will be added at the OS level instead of being bundled as a series of apps. This will bring about features ranging from voice and location-aware search to panorama stitching. It also suggests that we'll likely see another iteration of BlackBerry OS 7 sometime before the Holiday season later this year!

    What's your thought? Good or bad for RIM to make bedfellows with Bing? Would a Google integration be better?


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    by Published on 05-03-2011 11:10 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Today at BlackBerry World 2011, Engadget got a hold of a demo of Android apps running natively on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Android's menu and home buttons are emulated using the standard PlayBook gestures, and the back button is replaced with an on-screen softkey. When the Android Player becomes available for the PlayBook, users will be able to download Android apps from BB App World. Also in the news of Android apps, the mobile device hit, Angry Birds, was announced to become available for the PlayBook as a native game - no strings attached!
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    by Published on 05-03-2011 04:55 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    With the release of OS 6.0.0.546 for the Torch 9800 being released by Vodafone today, the files have been extracted and now give BB users the ability to download the Twitter update v1.1.0.24 via OTA! No changelog comes with the extraction, but make sure to leave us a comment on any findings or fixes you notice.


    Note: This update is for OS 6 ONLY!


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