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    by Published on 01-11-2011 02:26 PM
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    Looks like around the board Smartphone users spent less on paid apps in 2010. Prices for paid applications on app stores fell by about 16 percent in 2010, and free applications that make money off in-app purchases grew increasingly popular when compared to 2009, according to a new report by Distimo.

    The prices for BlackBerry applications fell 24 percent. Android applications were actually 1 percent more expensive in 2010 across the entire marketplace. The prices of the top 100 applications across all marketplaces fell by around 28 percent.

    Entertainment-focused applications were the most popular on the BlackBerry app marketplace. Paid BlackBerry applications grew by 268 percent, while free applications just etched that at 274 percent. While not as much as percentage growth as the Android Marketplace, they are still good numbers for BlackBerry App World. Let's hope that QNX can bring us those media rich apps to beef up the BB App World.

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    by Published on 01-10-2011 04:25 PM
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    The guys from IntoMobile got a demo of the QNX in-car software at CES 2011, showing how the software can enable users to integrate the BlackBerry PlayBook into their cars. You can control media playback from the PlayBook tablet, as well as control vehicle climate control settings and use BlackBerry Traffic services. The LCD based display is pretty awesome and shows how you can have GPS navigation and weather display right next to your speedometer. Just watch the video, I think you'll be impressed.

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    by Published on 01-10-2011 12:15 AM
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    The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show had a lot of company displays, but none as cool as The World of BlackBerry display. Much of the buzz around the CES show was over RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

    Consumers and media reporters alike were heavily impressed with the PlayBook because of its operating system, multimedia capabilities, size. So! In honor of BlackBerry's PlayBook March release date, what are your thoughts on it and will you be one of the first to purchase it?

    "The Blackberry Tablet is [the size of] a giant postcard of 5 by 7, and because of its gaming, multimedia and video conferencing capabilties. I've stated that Apple's iPad would be the preferred device for kids because of its larger size. But BlackBerry's aim is the business market, where it already has a significant foothold with its smartphones. From that perspective, it appears to be on to something."
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    by Published on 01-09-2011 08:22 PM
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    Some of the big questions going around for BB users who love apps, is how will the PlayBook function with apps? Inside BlackBerry blogger and BlackBerry App World Product Manager Alex Kinsella gives a quick demo of some of his favorite PlayBook apps at CES. From the looks of the demo, it is looking like the PlayBook will be able to compete with the iOS and Android OS in terms of app playability and content. In the video you’ll find demos on:

    • Kobo eReader
    • ATP World Tour
    • Fantasy Football
    • Docs To Go
    • Nic Tac Toe

    While this isn’t the complete list of the apps on display at CES 2011, it does provide a good example of the variety of apps that will be available on the BlackBerry PlayBook at launch: games, productivity, infotainment, etc. Developers, don't forget to start submitting your apps to BlackBerry App World to get your free BlackBerry PlayBook!


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    by Published on 01-09-2011 07:54 PM
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    Inside BlackBerry brings us a video interview of RIM's Ryan Bidan on some final questions to wrap up CES 2011. I think this interview is by far the clearest and to the point we have seen so far, which is expected after 3 days of being hammered with questions by vendors and consumers at CES. Enough chat, see the video above...

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    by Published on 01-09-2011 06:35 PM
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    Going on at CES, the guys of BGR got Texas Instruments to take the time to give a comprehensive overview of some of its OMAP 4 projects. The OMAP 4 platform is incredibly powerful, with immense hardware acceleration providing a haven for offloading graphics and other traditionally CPU-intensive tasks off the actual processor. Some of the topics covered were: the incredible innovation in the video conferencing and 3D-use arenas, 4-way - 720p video conferencing between 4 mobile devices, implementation of mobile 3D technology. Currently, production devices utilizing TI’s newest technology are sporting OMAP chips at a ceiling of 1GHz, but by year’s end we should see that bumped up to a healthy 1.5GHz. The newer chips will be identical in dimension the current offerings, allowing for a processor upgrade path that won’t require manufacturers to redesign their basic architecture in order to cram in the new chipset.


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    by Published on 01-07-2011 06:03 PM



    Analytics company comScore has published its quarterly report on U.S. mobile subscribers for the three month period ending in November of 2010. What’s notable on the report? Google’s Android mobile operating system has surpassed Apple’s iOS in the number of U.S. based smartphone subscribers for the first time with 26% of the market — iOS has 25%. With iOS just in its rearview mirror, Android has only one adversary left... Research In Motion. RIM currently holds 33.5% of the US market, but has been hemorrhaging users and market share for several months here in the States as at one point RIM held over 90% of Verizon's Smartphone sells.

    What are your thoughts for the outcome of 2011 as these 3 phone giants battle it out for top spot? Will iPhone dominate with a Verizon Network release? Or, will BlackBerry bounce back to a commanding lead with the release of the PlayBook and OS QNX?


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    by Published on 01-07-2011 05:19 PM



    RIM has just introduced a new Built For BlackBerry program that will help make sure that verified and approved third party manufacturing partners deliver specifically designed accessories for BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    RIM details the program as offering, “technical, strategic, and marketing support” to members of the program, in addition to a snazzy Built For BlackBerry logo that will appear on accessory packaging. RIM may be planning on taking a percentage of the sales in exchange for manufacturers using the Built For BlackBerry logo, much like Apple does with their Made For iPod/iPhone program.


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    by Published on 01-06-2011 06:48 PM
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    In an interview at CES 2011, Mike Lazaridis confirmed plans to bring QNX to BlackBerry smartphones, or ‘super phones’. The new generation BlackBerry's will require dual-core processors in order to handle the QNX operating system. This is part of the grand 10 year plan that RIM has put together to stay competitive in the market. Mike went on to say:
    I think in this kind of business you have to have a lot of planning. It’s one thing to take a reference design and package it. It’s another thing to build a platform that can grow with your customers’ needs, that can grow with where the market is going as opposed to where the market is today. To provide that uncompromised performance for enterprise, for government, for large corporations as well as provide an experience for the consumer that’s unique.
    RIM's 10 year business model includes “the BlackBerry communications device, there’s the tablet, and there’s the super phone, the super smartphone.”

    The future looks bright for RIM and we can't wait to see what is in store.


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    by Published on 01-06-2011 06:45 PM
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    BlackBerry has posted another promo video for the BlackBerry PlayBook on their youtube channel. This one emphasizes multi-tasking capabilities of the PlayBook.

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    by Published on 01-05-2011 01:43 AM



    BlackBerry and Droid in for trouble at Verizon? The picture snapshot above, taken from Verizon's website, suggests that Big Red is gearing up for the iOS. There are even rumors circulating around that all Verizon employees will not be allowed vacation time during the early part of this year's first quarter. What does this mean for BlackBerry? Will it add even more insult to the drop of sales BlackBerry has experienced since it had once held up to the 90th percentile range in Verizon phone sales? You be the judge...


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    by Published on 01-04-2011 08:40 PM


    With the appearance of the Memory4Kidz app in BlackBerry App World, it seems as though BlackBerry PlayBook apps are starting to be accepted for BlackBerry App World. Memory4Kidz was posted on December 23rd. It is a memory game for children to explore colors, numbers and shapes. There are a few screenshots of the game. App World shows the required device software is OS 6.0.0 or higher, but likely refers to the QNX OS that the PlayBook runs on.


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    by Published on 01-04-2011 09:57 AM
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    According to RIM sources while LTE for BlackBerry phones is in the early stages of development, they will not be releasing any LTE capable smartphones until possibly late 2011. Rim claims that the LTE chips are currently too expensive and consume too much battery power for their liking. They also state that with the limited number of LTE networks in place that at this time it is not economically feasible for the company. What are your thoughts ? Is RIM falling behind further in the smartphone industry or are they just waiting for all the bugs to be worked out with LTE and for LTE to expand further in the consumer market ? Let us know what you think.

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    by Published on 01-02-2011 06:39 PM



    Celebrity BlackBerry Sighting ALERT!

    Robert Pattinson of the popular movie series, Twilight, tweets on the Jay Leno show with his BlackBerry Storm.

    Any ideas on what Tweet got them exited?




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    by Published on 01-01-2011 06:28 PM



    Ever wonder what you can give the BlackBerry fanatic that has the newest device, has the most current OS, has every case, and every app known to man? Well, you get them something that's much less known to man... BlackBerry Monopoly, of course. If you're lucky enough to find a copy, that is. It's looking like this may have just been a fun gift to RIM employees.

    And by fun I mean that instead of a "Go To Jail" card, your card may say, for example, "WES fees due - Pay $50 dollars" - whoops! But fun, right? And get this, your monopoly pieces would be miniature BlackBerry phones.

    It will be fun to keep an eye out on eBay and Amazon to see if any more pop up like this one did.

    The game is not sold to the public, so I assume that it was a fun gift within the RIM company and its partners.

    - Avonlea
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