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    by Published on 03-03-2011 02:03 PM
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    An exclusive coming from BGR from their sources is that RIM is planning to bring BlackBerry Messenger app and service to the Android and iOS. This means that Tablets from Google's Android OS and Apple's iOS will be running BBM as well. Sources report that RIM has not yet finalized details surrounding timing or pricing, and might make the software free to all users. Strategy is still being developed, and RIM may end up charging users a one-time fee or even a recurring fee for access to its BBM service on third-party platforms.

    As far as what Android and iOS users can look forward to, well, sources say that RIM will offer stripped down versions of the BBM which means that the potential for millions more users will be able to communicate cross-platform via BlackBerry Messenger. But depending on the limits that RIM puts on a simplified version, they might not be able to share photos, location, or videos, ect. Users who want the full BlackBerry Messenger experience will still need a BlackBerry. BGR also reports:

    Right now, we have heard that Android is definitely a go. But again, we’re not sure on timing, though our sources are confident that it will launch some time this year. RIM chose Android first because of the fact that it could develop and integrate something like this much easier with an open platform, but the plan is to build and deploy an iOS version at some point as well.
    Would bringing BBM to devices other than BlackBerry push you away from RIM, or bring you closer?

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    by Published on 03-02-2011 02:45 PM
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    Although slightly past the original expected timeframe of Q1 2011, it seems numerous sources are claiming that the PlayBook will see a retail launch on April 10th,2011.

    No word yet if this is a USA or Worldwide launch.

    If this information is correct, it will be coming out exactly a month after the iPad 2. Not exactly an ideal launch date if the market is saturated with Apple's launch.

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    by Published on 03-02-2011 02:31 PM
    1. BlackBerry News

    An updated version of Facebook for BlackBerry was released today, with several bug fixes:

    • email notification improvements
      previously, if you turned on email notifications using the website, then logged out and logged back into facebook on your blackberry smartphone, your email notification settings would be turned off.Now, with facebook for blackberry smartphones, email notifications are left enabled if you change email notification settings using, then log out and log back in to facebook on your blackberry smartphone.

    • Background polling
      previously, if you set the background polling option to never, then logged out and logged back into facebook for blackberry smartphones, the polling setting would be set to 10 minutes instead of never. This issue has been corrected so the background polling option will remain at the never setting.

    • Photo upload freeze fix
      in the past, users may have seen their blackberry smartphone freeze when sending a photo to facebook from the media folder on their blackberry smartphone. This issue has been corrected by this maintenance release so no further freezing should occur
    Seems to be running more smoothly than previous official versions.

    I've heard that some people are seeing in App World, others are seeing

    If you'd like to upgrade to the latest release of Facebook on your BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:

    1. Open Facebook on your BlackBerry smartphone
    2. Press the Menu key and select Options
    3. Scroll down and select the option Check for Upgrade Now

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    by Published on 02-22-2011 05:11 PM
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    If Barak Obama gets to keeps his BlackBerry in the White House, why shouldn't Members of Parliament in Canada be allowed to tweet or do a status update from the House of Commons?

    Well, it seems that issue has been resolved. Starting today, MPs can now use Twitter/Facebook installed on their BlackBerry to keep their constituents updated on what's going on.

    Previously, they were only allowed to use web-based applications.

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    by Published on 02-22-2011 04:57 PM
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    In the mighty fight for Twitter application supremacy on the old faithful BlackBerry handheld, Twitter For BlackBerry took another step towards tweaking their app, with the release of version in Beta Zone.

    Some of the new features you'll find in Twitter For BlackBerry v1.1.0.16 include:

    • Geo-tagging: You now have the option to attach your location based on neighborhood and city to any tweet, and view others’ geo-tagged tweets in BlackBerry Maps.
    • Push @Mentions: Easily stay up-to-date on who is mentioning you at any given time with push @mentions delivered to your inbox.
    • Tweet Count Notifications: Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones v1.1 allows you to set tweet count notifications, letting you know the number of new tweets that are waiting for you to view. How convenient is that?!
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    by Published on 02-19-2011 04:28 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Rumors

    The faithful day that you've been waiting for is upon us. Mere days after BBM 6.0 was announced at Mobile World Congress 2011, we are now seeing the first leak of it online.

    Warning #1: Please remember that this IS NOT an official release of BBM. If you wish to install this version keep in mind that this may cause your phone to not function correctly. BlackberryOS and any other BlackberryOS Official sites are not responsible.

    Warning #2: Your old version (5.0) of BBM must be unistalled before installing this newer version. This is only compatible with OS 6 devices.

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    by Published on 02-18-2011 10:47 PM
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    Hockey fans rejoice! Polar Mobile has updated the Maple Leafs Mobile App for OS6/Bold 9780 support. No changelog, but I do see Push Updates as an available option within the app.

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    by Published on 02-18-2011 09:50 PM
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    SocialScope is apparently giving away free invites today to anyone who signs up. It is quite coincidental that they choose to do this on the same day that UberTwitter gets suspended. What do you think?

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    by Published on 02-17-2011 03:15 AM
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    Although some of you might be slightly disappointed that it's not BBM 6.0, BlackBerry Beta Zone members can now download the newest version of BlackBerry Messenger!

    The updates/fixes include:
    • If you are running BlackBerry® 6.0, a cursor might not have appeared when you scrolled through previous messages in a chat.
    • If you turned on content protection, when you received a new message, you might have seen a "Content protection is enabled" message.
    • If a person invites you to become a contact during a multi-person chat with you, and if you accepted the request, the contact might not have appeared on your contact list.
    **Update 02.18.11: It's now been re-added to Beta Zone**

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    by Published on 02-16-2011 11:03 AM
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    If you are a BlackBerry Beta Zone member who has been testing BlackBerry News Feeds, you'll be glad to know that an update is available today. Although only available in Canada & USA, Version brings a few key product updates, including:

    • Ability to delete all prior articles when viewing a feed or viewing “All Unread Items”.
    • Ability to mark the list of items as read when viewing a feed or viewing “All Unread Items”.
    • If you swipe left or right in a feed, the screen now moves to the previous or next item in the feed.
    • Ability to zoom in on images and text in feed items.
    • New message, wireless network, and battery (while charging) indicators appear in the app's header.
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    by Published on 02-13-2011 11:12 PM
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    When Research In Motion said they'd be introducing Super Apps this year at Mobile World Congress, they weren't kidding. Let me present to you BlackBerry Travel. This application automatically searches your emails & LinkedIn profile for any upcoming trips that you have. It will help you book (within the app) flights, hotels, etc.

    It's seem to currently only be compatible with US, Canada & UK but there is reports of the application being compatible in Spain.

    BlackBerry Travel makes it easy for you to plan, book, manage and share your travel activities. Read below for a detailed list of supported features:

    Itinerary Management
    • The ability to view/create/edit current & future itinerary items including flight, hotel and car rental.

    Email Itinerary Management
    • Automatic trip scanning will recognize the itineraries emailed to you and add them to the BlackBerry Travel application.

    Notifications & Alerts
    • Receive push notifications and alerts for your itineraries, such as flight reminders, flight/gate/terminal changes, flight cancellations and delays.

    Hotel Booking
    • Search and book hotels based on your scheduled destination or future locations, ranked by location, price, and quality.

    Flight Schedules
    • Search flight schedules by city, airport, and date.

    Local Search
    • Search for local POIs such as dining, shopping and nightlife with map views, click-to-call and click-for-reviews.

    LinkedIn Integration
    • Update your LinkedIn status with your new location, share trip details with your contacts or search for contacts traveling to the same location.

    Other Tools
    • Track flights, check the current weather or use the currency converter in preparation for your upcoming trip.

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    by Published on 02-13-2011 10:26 PM

    FourSquare for BlackBerry received an update today, allowing for photos. This feature has been available on the iPhone version for quite some time. It seems the comments feature has yet to added, but hopefully that will be resolved soon!

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    by Published on 02-11-2011 04:57 PM

    RIM has created a Facebook app via their BlackBerry Facebook page in which you can create your own Valentine's Day wallpapers for your own BlackBerry device. You can even use your Facebook photos to design the wallpaper, and then instantly share your wallpaper with that special someone.

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    by Published on 02-11-2011 05:15 AM

    The battle heats up and more comes forward in the case between Kik and RIM. Kik fired back in a defense statement to RIM that the creator of Kik, whom also is an ex-employee to RIM, had no access to sensitive information that may have aided Kik in creating their cross-platform instant messaging client in 2009. In the suit RIM alleges Kik has made a breach of confidentiality, trademark infringement, and patent infringement. See Kik’s full Statement of Defense and Counterclaim (available here, 7MB PDF).

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    by Published on 02-10-2011 05:01 PM

    RIM announces in a official press release today, that Electronic Arts is going to be porting their games, Need for Speed, and Tetris, to the BlackBerry PlayBook at launch. Research In Motion and Electronic Arts Inc. made the announcement today, ahead of this year’s Mobile World Congress, (February 14 to February 17, 2011, in Barcelona, Spain) where the companies will demonstrate Need for Speed Undercover and Tetris running on the highly anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook and showcasing the tablet’s next generation high definition 3D capabilities. RIM goes on to say:

    “The BlackBerry PlayBook is an ideal tablet for gaming with an incredibly intuitive touch interface, high end multimedia features and groundbreaking performance that allows apps to run smoothly and quickly,” said Tyler Lessard, Vice President, Global Alliances and Developer Relations at Research In Motion. “We are thrilled to work with EA to offer the popular Need for Speed Undercover and Tetris to BlackBerry PlayBook users right out of the box.”
    This doesn't really come as a surprise as the PlayBook has been boasting impressive specs and has gained momentum since the recent DEVCON Asia event. I'm sure RIM has also cut a deal with EA as this is a co-announcement to prop up the PlayBook for users who appeal to mobile games and apps.

    Will this change your positition on getting the PlayBook now that we know EA will be on the forefront of PlayBook gaming?

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