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    by Published on 03-31-2011 11:32 AM
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    Canadian-based Polar Mobile released an official announcement today that they've been contracted to launch at least 100 apps for the BlackBerry Playbook in 2011. I'm guessing most of those will be ported versions of their iOS, Android & BlackBerry apps.

    March 31, 2011 (Toronto, ON) – Polar Mobile (Polar Mobile - Bringing Today's Top Brands to Mobile) announced plans today to support Research In Motion’s PlayBook tablet devices and estimates launching at least 100 Apps for the device in 2011.

    Polar Mobile’s SMART Platform powers over 500 mobile Apps across every smartphone for over 200 Publishers in 10 countries. The 180+ Super Apps powered by Polar Mobile on BlackBerry smartphones today have been used by over 4,000,000 people in 100 countries. The likes of Time Inc, Conde Nast, Bloomberg, CBS Sports, Shanghai Daily and Transcontinental Media are some of Polar Mobile’s customers.

    “Tablets represent a massive opportunity for our customers to increase reach, drive engagement and create a new revenue stream”, says Kunal Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Polar Mobile. “We are excited to extend our Platform to the PlayBook and believe it will be a key content consumption device that Publishers need to be on”.

    IDC forecasts worldwide shipments of tablets to reach 70.8 million units by next year. RIM has announced the launch of the PlayBook tablet for April 19th.

    “Polar Mobile is a leader in helping Publishers launch high-quality mobile Apps easily and quickly, while enabling a compelling user experience”, says Tyler Lessard, Vice President, Global Alliances, Research In Motion. “The PlayBook is an important device that partners like Polar Mobile are investing heavily on, given the opportunity to grow distribution and revenue”.

    Polar Mobile’s SMART™ Platform provides Publishers with an affordable solution that is fast and easy to get to-market across every major device. The Platform is a fully hosted and managed solution, incorporating a variety of mobile ad servers, mobile reporting, end-user support and other key platform services. To learn more about launching Apps with Polar Mobile, visit Polar Mobile - Bringing Today's Top Brands to 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 500 mobile Apps are powered by Polar Mobile’s SMART™ Platform for 200 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 - Bringing Today's Top Brands to Mobile.

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    by Published on 03-28-2011 03:39 PM
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    A couple photos leaked today for the upcoming Desktop Manager 6.1. Not really a surprise that we are seeing photos start to leak out as the time nears for OS 6.1 to hit the market in upcoming BB devices. From observing the photos we have gathered that a new feature for DM 6.1 will be the ability to forget a previously backed up device. If you have more information on this you can Tip Us.


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    by Published on 03-27-2011 02:54 AM
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    RIM officially announces that tinyHippos has joined hands with them. tinyHippos is going to be a part of the BlackBerry Developer team and will be bringing their expertise in cross-platform emulation environments to the BlackBerry platform. tinyHippos are the makers of a mobile environment emulator called Ripple and have extensive experience in web and mobile widget/web development. If you aren't already familiar with them you can find out more about tinyHippos at tinyHippos.


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    by Published on 03-24-2011 06:12 PM
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    Although it's not BBM 6.0, Research In Motion has released an beta update for BBM 5.0.

    This update comes in version 5.0.3.13.

    I know everyone is wondering what's changed.

    The following explanation is provided in Beta Zone:

    The short answer? Nothing that you can really see. We've made a few minor back-end fixes to the application and would like to make sure everything is working just fine. You may not see any of the bugs or feature requests you reported for BlackBerry Messenger v5.0.2 addressed in this build, but don't be discouraged! Rest assured that we've received ALL your feedback and it will all be taken into consideration for future versions of the software.
    Although I do love official/beta releases from RIM, I think I'll keep my BBM 6.0 leak for now.

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    by Published on 03-24-2011 04:25 PM
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    Android OS Developers will now be able to bring thier apps to the BlackBerry as RIM officially announces the expasion of the application ecosystem for the PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 19. Here are the highlights:

    • BlackBerry PlayBook to support BlackBerry Java and Android apps
    • Native C/C++ development support added, in addition to HTML5, Flash and AIR support
    • Support from leading game engines: Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3)
    • BlackBerry PlayBook becomes a new market opportunity for all the developers who have already created over 25,000 BlackBerry Java apps and more than 200,000 Android apps


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    by Published on 03-24-2011 04:05 PM
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    RIM releases their reported fourth quarter results today for the the three months and fiscal year ended Feb 26, 2011. Here are a few of the highlights from the press report:
    • Record BlackBerry® smartphone shipments of 52.3 million grew 43% over fiscal 2010
    • Fiscal 2011 revenue grew 33% over fiscal 2010 to $19.9 billion and earnings per share grew 47% over the prior fiscal year to $6.34 per share diluted
    • Ongoing investment in PlayBook and QNX-based platform development in Q1 with PlayBook launch date of April 19th
    • BlackBerry was the number one selling smartphone brand in the United States1, Canada1, Latin America1 and the UK2 for calendar 2010
    “We are pleased to report record shipments and financial performance in fiscal 2011," said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "As we enter fiscal 2012, RIM is in an excellent position to benefit from the continuing convergence of the mobile communications and mobile computing markets. We are laying a strong foundation for RIM's expanding market opportunity through focused investments and we are extremely excited about our smartphone, tablet and platform roadmaps."
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    by Published on 03-24-2011 02:13 AM
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    When Koodo Mobile dropped the price of BlackBerry Curve 8530 a few weeks ago, many thought it was due to them trying to rid stock for one of the newer Curve that have yet to be announced. Well, it's not for a Touch Curve, but they have released the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300 series) today.

    This device is a comfortable $300 outright, or $150 with Tab.


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    by Published on 03-24-2011 01:57 AM
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    Ever had an important file you wanted to transfer to your BlackBerry, but couldn't find the USB cable?!?

    Well, mblware seems to have come out with a solution of their own called Jeeosuite. JeeoSuite is a Wifi Portal for your BlackBerry. It helps you transfer files, access emails/bookmarks/stats/tools right from your desktop browser.

    This application was in private beta for the last few months. This morning, they launched their FREE public beta for all to experience the features of Jeeosuite.

    The public beta version has features that the private beta did not have (email access).

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    by Published on 03-24-2011 01:39 AM
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    I remember relying on Opera Mini 5 on my old 9700 for tabbed browsing, since I hated the default BlackBerry browser with a passion. My love for BlackBerry's default browser on my Bold 9780 (WebKit browser) has made me totally forget about Opera Mini...that is, until now!

    Opera released an updated version earlier this week of Opera Mini. Opera Mini 6 brings many new features/updated, including:

    • A fresh new look – Opera Mini 6 sports a new and improved design, including a new skin, and new zoom and jump buttons for easy touch-navigation.

    • Share – Share links directly to major social network sites as you browse, directly from Opera Mini 6.

    • YouTube support – Click any Mobile YouTube video to launch it directly on your device’s native media player (if available).

    • Improved zoom for touch screens – Pinch-to-zoom is now supported for multitouch devices. Regular touch devices now zoom with a double-tap, or with Opera’s new zoom buttons.

    • Tailored to Tablets – We’ve designed a new user interface especially for tablet users.

    • Open Link in Background – Read your news uninterrupted and utilize the power of tabs by opening new links in the background.

    • Better Font Support – We’ve been working hard to improve the selection and rendering of Asian fonts, including Thai and Arabic

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    by Published on 03-21-2011 01:47 PM
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    Research In Motion updated BlackBerry App World over the weekend. No change log yet, but if you do spot something new or updated, please let us know.

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    by Published on 03-20-2011 11:17 PM
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    After weeks of speculation of a Sprint/T-Mobile USA merger, AT&T surprised the world today with an announcement of the purchase of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 Billion. This agreement is pending regulatory approval & should be completed within 12 months.

    This leaves the USA with 3 major carriers (AT&T, Sprint & Verizon).

    Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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    by Published on 03-19-2011 06:46 PM
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    According to a recent survey published by J.D. Power, RIM continues to drop in numbers. When compared to the last survey published in Sept of 2010 - Rim has now fallen from 4th place to last place as shown in the most recent survey published.

    Here’s how J.D. Power weighs the various categories:
    Operation (30%); physical design (30%); features (20%); and battery function (20%). For smartphones, the key factors are: ease of operation (26%); operating system (24%); physical design (23%); features (19%); and battery function (8%).

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    by Published on 03-19-2011 06:00 PM
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    Mosaid late Wednesday sued as many technology firms as possible in hopes of profiting off the success of Wi-Fi. The Ottawa-based company's complaint targeted major device makers such as ASUS, Canon, Dell, Intel, and RIM as well as those building chipsets, such as Atheros and Marvell, for allegedly infringing six patents covering Wi-Fi, including network finding and the orthogonal multiplexing used for the faster speeds in the newer 802.11n spec. CEO John Lindgren insisted that "all" devices using Wi-Fi were dependent on the patents and had to pay royalties.

    The lawsuit asks all the companies to pay damages. It would further ban them from selling virtually any of the chipsets, notebooks, and phones they make or else would require a mandatory royalty from them to keep using what's allegedly Mosaid's technology.


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    by Published on 03-19-2011 05:41 PM
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    RIM is butting heads with carriers over plans for NFC-equipped BlackBerry phones that could be a sign of things to come for Apple and others, unnamed carrier officials said Thursday. The company is fighting with GSM carriers like AT&T, Rogers and T-Mobile over where to store the personal identifiers needed for making the short-range wireless payments. Carriers want the information to be encrypted in SIM cards so that it can be portable, the WSJ said, but RIM wants the information stored in a secure memory partition on the phone. [Continued...]



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    by Published on 03-17-2011 03:19 PM
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    Research In Motion seems to be keep proving to us that the Leaked 2011 Software Roadmap was accurate, with the recent launch of Facebook v2.0 in Beta Zone.

    This application bring forth a major facelift to the application, making it feel similiar to it's iOS & Android counterparts.

    (NOTE: though this version is currently only available for OS 6.0 users)

    The new features in Facebook v2.0 include:

    • Facebook Chat
      Check to see which of your Facebook Friends are online and start a Chat conversation from within the Facebook application or the BlackBerry Message list.

    • Improved News Feed
      Post photos to your Wall, add an update, or check in to a Facebook Place from the News Feed. Improved News Feed interactions let you scroll through your News Feed without accidentally clicking ‘Like’, simply click the ‘More’ button (+) to interact with your friends’ posts.

    • New Drop-Down Navigation Grid
      Introducing a whole new way to navigate the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones application, we’ve moved from a static navigation bar to a drop-down navigation control that is scalable to support new features in the future.

    • Notifications Bar
      Borrowing from the BlackBerry 6.0 “Today View”, the notifications bar offers an easy way to access your Facebook Notifications, Messages, Friend Requests and Chats from anywhere in the Facebook application.

    • External Notifications
      You don’t have to leave the Facebook for BlackBerry app to see what’s new on your BlackBerry smartphone. The BlackBerry external notifications header lets you see when you’ve received a new email message or BlackBerry Messenger message without having to leave the Facebook application.

    • New Profile UI and Profile Information Viewing
      The New Profile UI now provides Wall, Info, and Photo tabs for an even better browsing experience. New to v2.0 is the ability to view key information on Profiles and Pages such as contact info, basic info like birthday, hometown and relationship status, and likes and interests.

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