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    by Published on 03-11-2011 12:30 AM
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    They say that clearing FCC is always a great sign that you'll launch very soon. The BlackBerry PlayBook gracefully cleared through FCC today in 16,32 & 64GB flavors. This does align with the Q1 launch that is expected for this device.

    Tons of documents are still protected due to RIM's confidentiality Request, so don't expect to see a User Manual until the device actually launches.



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    by Published on 03-10-2011 11:56 PM
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    If you are Canadian & looking for a great deal on a CDMA BlackBerry Curve, Koodo Mobile currently has a sale, where you'll pay $150 outright for a BlackBerry Curve 8530.

    If you still think that's not a good deal, they are also throwing in a $50 Visa gift card!


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    by Published on 03-09-2011 02:09 PM
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    Opera today publicly launched it's Mobile Store.Opera Mobile Store uses Appia’s storefront commerce technology. There is a few apps in their catalog that I've never seen before, but most of them are either apps that you'll find on App World or Mobihand.

    It is available across several platforms, including: Java, Symbian, BlackBerry & Android.

    Opera launches the Opera Mobile Store, available in over 200 Countries

    Oslo, Norway – March 7, 2011 – Opera Software, the leading provider of mobile browsers around the world, today announced that the Opera Mobile Store is now open and available at Opera Mobile Store. This storefront is a featured Speed Dial link in the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers, which makes the storefront immediately accessible by more than100 million people who use an Opera browser on their mobile phones. The Opera Mobile Store has been built and delivered through a strategic partnership with Appia, the leading provider of open application marketplace technology. The Opera Mobile Store offers both free and paid applications for virtually any mobile platform and device.

    The Opera Mobile Store is available to Opera users and users of other mobile browsers, on all popular mobile phone platforms in more than 200 countries. The Opera Mobile Store uses Appia’s storefront commerce technology and leverages a wide catalog of applications for phones with Java, Symbian, BlackBerry and Android operating systems. The storefront experience is customized to each user’s phone, providing a tailored catalog based on the phone’s operating system, local language and currency.

    “The launch of the Opera Mobile Store supports Opera’s core belief in an open, cross-platform mobile Internet experience by providing Opera users with an integrated storefront of mobile applications,” said Mahi de Silva, EVP, Consumer Mobile, Opera Software. “Our partnership with Appia delivers to all Opera Mobile and Opera Mini users easy access to a wide variety of great content, on any device, all over the world.”

    To support the Opera Mobile Store, Opera Software has also launched the Opera Publisher Portal (Opera Mobile Store Publisher Portal - Login), providing developers with an easy way to get their applications onto the Opera Mobile Store and in front of millions of Opera users every month. In its pre-launch state, the Opera Mobile Store attracted more than 15 million users in February, from 200 countries, achieving more than 700,000 downloads per day. These metrics establish the Opera Mobile Store as a top 10 mobile application store around the world.

    “The Opera Mobile Store presents a remarkable opportunity for mobile application developers to distribute localized content through a single, far-reaching marketplace,” said Jud Bowman, CEO of Appia. “Appia is thrilled to partner with Opera to deliver an incredible storefront of applications to Opera users and beyond.”

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    by Published on 03-08-2011 06:48 PM
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    Telus seems to be very adamant in promoting Canadian-based Research In Motion's new product lines to their Business customers, as they are hosting a "Customer Solutions Day" in two weeks.

    I'm quite certain that the main focus of the day will be the PlayBook, but maybe they'll announce other devices (Torch2, Bold Touch) that day!

    It's great to see RIM still pursuing the business sector with such strong force.



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    by Published on 03-05-2011 08:23 PM
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    We've been bombarded over the last few months with leaked information of upcoming devices. Until recently, the upcoming software roadmap had been absent. That all changed today with N4BB getting a leaked copy of the roadmap.

    Some of the updates/apps have already been released, & have actually been within the timelines on this roadmap.


    One things that stick out to me would be the app updates in May that say OS6.1!

    The updated OS is near? Who knows!

    But November seems to be a clear indication of OS 7, which I personally hope is QNX-based.


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    by Published on 03-04-2011 08:33 PM
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    BGR apparently heard from several sources that T-Mobile has launched an official OS6 update for Bold 9700. Like mentioned in the Beta Zone, it seems the version is 6.0.0.448.

    As of right now, users are seeing this update only thru Desktop Manager.

    Have any of you been able to successfully update?

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    by Published on 03-03-2011 03:03 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 03:45 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 03:31 PM
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    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 facebook.com 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 1.9.0.28, email notifications are left enabled if you change email notification settings using facebook.com, 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 1.9.0.27 in App World, others are seeing 1.9.0.28

    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 06:11 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 05:57 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 1.1.0.16 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 05:28 PM
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    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 11:47 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 10:50 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 04:15 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 5.0.2.11!

    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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