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    by Published on 01-27-2011 10:23 PM



    If you are a theme developer, you are going to want to start the coffee brewer and get comfy. Apparently BlackBerry Theme Studio v6 has leaked to the online community. Whether it was leaked intentionally by RIM, or perhaps an inside job makes no difference, as it's finally time for those non-Torch users with OS 6 to start getting some nice themes! It's off to the races!


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    by Published on 01-26-2011 06:21 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Rumors




    Android on your BlackBerry? Rumors in the past have reported that RIM is seriously considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps. Research In Motion toils with the path it wants to take as far as how the existing Java environment will work on its upcoming QNX tablet and smartphones. Jonathan Geller from BGR has the exclusive on this and reports...


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    by Published on 01-26-2011 01:10 AM



    Remember when Kodak filed suit against RIM a year ago alleging patent infringement? Reported yesterday, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled that Kodak’s case, which related to low resolution previews of videos that are displayed on-screen while recording full resolution video, is null and void. Kodak has previously won claims against LG and Samsung, after which it was able to put a licensing deal in place worth a reported $864 million. RIM has filed a federal suit challenging other Kodak patents as RIM squares off with Kodak for round two.


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    by Published on 01-25-2011 10:00 PM



    Update: As spotted by SlashGear, WSJ has posted an update indicating that the unlimited plan is a decidedly limited time thing, with tiered pricing to come in the "not too distant future." Intrigue!

    Update 2: And Macworld's confirmed that Verizon's iPhone WiFi data tethering pricing will be the same as all their other phones: $20 a month on top of your regular data plan, with a separate 2GB cap and $20-per-gig overage charges.

    Verizon is killing off its $15 150MB data plan for smartphones and promoting customers into the $30 unlimited option. This should be of no surprise with the amount of data that smartphone apps are soaking up with new technology and LTE 4G network on the horizon. The $9.99 25MB feature phone data option is getting a bump up to 75MB with $10 per 75MB overage, a slight drop from the 20 cent / MB overage that those customers deal with currently. Finally, you'll notice that the $30 unlimited plan is now qualified as applying to "feature phones and 3G smartphones." This is leaning toward perhaps the fact that Verizon's upcoming LTE handsets won't be eligible for the same pricing.


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    by Published on 01-24-2011 05:41 PM




    Looks as though Big Red is having some rare service issues in the state of Virginia. BGR reports...

    Verizon Wireless’ tech support team has confirmed the problem to BGR, and it states that the cause of the massive outage is currently unknown. Verizon says it is investigating the matter just as fast as it can, of course, though the company has no idea when service will be restored.

    UPDATE: There are reports that service has been restored for most subscribers as of shortly before 5:00 PM.

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    by Published on 01-19-2011 10:22 PM
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    1. How-To, Help, Tips



    Ever wonder how you can get even more battery life out of your BlackBerry 6 OS smartphone? I found a excellent tutorial via the official RIM BlackBerry HelpBlog on just how to get the most out of your BlackBerry's battery life.

    To keep your device running in top shape, make sure your battery is fully charged whenever possible. Whether you’re at your desk, in your car or relaxing at home, keeping your device plugged in will ensure the battery is ready to go when you are.

    Quick Tip: Wall chargers are the preferable method of charging as it is a direct electrical current to your battery which allows it to recharge quicker.


    • Don’t have your wall charger handy? Check out this official BlackBerry mini-adaptor to turn your USB cable into one
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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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    1. Celebrity BlackBerry Sightings



    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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