News on BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, Delayed Until February 2012 and No BBM from RIM

October 26th, 2011
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As we all know BlackBerry Devcon 2011 for BlackBerry phones and Tables happened these days, so we were under the impression that we would be seeing the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update a little after the event took place.  Well BlackBerry Devcon rolled around and developers started to get their hands on a beta version of OS 2.0 for the PlayBook! All was looking promising, well until today. On the Official Inside BlackBerry Blog RIM posted an update on the status on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Update!

We know that many of you are looking forward to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, and we wanted to provide you with an update on the progress that we’re making.

As much as we’d love to have it in your hands today, we’ve made the difficult decision to wait to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 until we are confident we have fully met the expectations of our developers, enterprise customers and end-users. And here’s what we’re doing to accomplish that.

First off, we have decided to defer the inclusion of the BBM application to a subsequent BlackBerry PlayBook OS release. We are committed to developing a seamless BBM solution that fully delivers on the powerful, push based messaging capabilities recognized today by BlackBerry® users around the world and we’re still working on it. In the meantime, BlackBerry smartphone users will be able to continue to use BlackBerry Bridge to securely access BlackBerry Messenger on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s high resolution display.

Secondly, we are excited to now be providing developers with the gold release of the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet as well as a beta of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 (launched last week at BlackBerry DevCon Americas). The developer beta allows developers to begin porting their native apps to the PlayBook platform. In the following months, the developer kit will be updated with the full Cascades animation and UI engine that was first demonstrated at BlackBerry DevCon. We expect that the developer beta will generate thousands of new applications for BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.

Shortly we will also be starting a series of closed betas of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with select enterprise customers from our Early Adopter Program (EAP). These betas will be rolled out over the course of this year and are an important next step to bringing our unmatched enterprise app deployment, device manageability, security and email integration capabilities to the tablet category. The betas will be conducted within global enterprise environments and will test the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet solution from end-to-end within corporate IT infrastructures. Feedback and improvements from these betas will benefit the overall BlackBerry PlayBook customer experience.

We believe BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 will deliver a great experience for our customers, building on the powerful performance introduced with BlackBerry PlayBook tablet earlier this year. The software update will add advanced integrated email, calendar and contact apps, a new video store, as well as new functionality that will allow your BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook to work together even better.

For the enterprise, we’re addressing many barriers to tablet adoption, including device manageability and enterprise application deployment. Enterprises will uniquely have the ability to manage tablets from a centralized server, while BlackBerry Balance ensures a seamless user experience for personal and professional needs and gives CIOs the peace of mind that corporate data is secure. Plus BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 will provide dedicated shelf space inside the BlackBerry App World storefront to make approved enterprise applications easily available to an organization’s end users. Together these features will help change the way enterprises view and use tablets.

So when could an end user get the new update? We expect to deliver the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS to customers in February 2012 and we’ll continue to keep you updated as we progress to the launch.

- David J. Smith, SVP, BlackBerry PlayBook, Research In Motion

Now as a PlayBook user you must be scratching your head and might not know how to feel about the situation.  One big thing is not having BBM on the 2.0 OS update. We all knew that the concept of having your BlackBerry ID linked to two BlackBerry PIN numbers for use with BBM was going to be difficult.  RIM is trying to make it so you can have the same contact list on both devices. However you have to kind of look on the positive side of this statement. Yes RIM did promise us that we would see things like native PIM and the Android App player when the PlayBook was first announced and now we won’t be seeing it till 2012. But imagine if RIM released OS 2.0 right now!  RIM put out the PlayBook unfinished because they wanted to get a tablet out onto the market, which they should have never done but they did. Personally I still think the BlackBerry PlayBook is one of the best tablets out there and it is only going to get better! Hope to see it in next year.

The RIMcloud is coming!

October 10th, 2011
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A cloud service similar to Apple’s iCloud or Amazon’s Cloud Drive is on the way for BlackBerry friends. RIM won’t develop the cloud system themselves, instead they want to spend $ 100 million on the Irish software company Newbay Software from Ireland.

NewBay is an Ireland-based digital content services company that specializes in white-label solutions for mobile carriers. Some of their products include social networking tools, mobile video content delivery, mobile messaging, utilities, as well as tailor made mobile OSes for mobile carriers such as Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. The company also has a significant presence in the cloud services space which is probably the cause of the acquisition.

This is totally fresh, so RIM didn’t have a opportunity to say anything regarding this. Therefore I call this just the RIMcloud.

What can we expect

The idea of using the cloud as storage for all kind of data is that you can access anything from anywhere. Here is a list of expected functions:

  • Store all kind of files, including presentations, music, video, documents, pdf, zip files and many more in the cloud.
  • Store and synchronize contacts, todos, notes, calendar, emails, sms, call log and other personal information through the cloud.
  • Backup your data so you never lose anything, even when moving to a new device.
  • Conveniently share your data with friends, family and coworkers.

This is what I expect, as I said RIM didn’t say anything so far. I think a RIMcloud would be a really nice addition to the current services of RIM. With such a service I don’t need to fear when I lose my device or when I just want to upgrade to the next generation phone.

Looking forward to see more about cloud service.

HTC Sensation: Sensational

June 1st, 2011
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For over three years, the “Quietly brilliant” Taiwanese electronics giant, HTC, has been producing some of the world’s most sought after mobile phones and teaming them up with some of the world’s most popular operating systems.

While the HTC Pyramid before it caused quite a stir, the now named HTC Sensation is set to take over as the brand’s leading smartphone handset. Tech review site CNet UK reported that HTC lead industry growth throughout 2010, with smartphone shipments having risen by over 60 per cent per cent in the second quarter, compared with the first.

Google’s Android OS has caused quite a stir since its relatively late debut onto the smartphone market in September 2008, and has worked its way up the techy ladder of adoration very quickly to take its rightful seat on the throne as the world’s most popular and most widely used smartphone operating system.

Tina Teng, an analyst at market research firm iSuppli, told CNet UK: “Every brand that has put effort into designing smartphones using Google’s operating system is riding the Android wave… Android is the secret sauce for smartphone growth for many companies in 2010.”

So together, HTC and Android have been heading up the smartphone revolution. While Apple is set to launch the iPhone 5 later this year, and a number of manufacturers are launching new handsets supported by the new Windows Phone 7 platform, the release of HTC’s Sensation is the next crucial page in the annals of both HTC and Android.

Released this month and available only to Vodafone customers, the Sensation has arrived rather a lot earlier than Apple’s next smartphone offering (due for release this September).

The Sensation boasts a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor, the labours of which can be enjoyed on its characteristically large and stunningly crystal-clear 4.3-inch, 16:9 aspect-ratio display. The phone comes with four gigs of built-in memory and an eight-gig memory card, making it the perfect storage device for all those photos, videos and and movies.

This phone was made for multimedia. With a 1.2 megapixel camera on the front enabling users to make video calls, an 8-megapixel camera on the rear of the device means that it’s also capable of taking 1080p, high definition videos. In addition to these specs, HTC have also made it possible for users to edit their videos on the handset itself. Trim frames and whole sections of your home videos and share them instantly with friends and family via Facebook. The HTC Watch on-demand film service is also included, so users can search for, purchase, download and watch movies in an instant.

Our bet is that the HTC Sensation will live up to its name – with the winning combo of Android and HTC, how can it fail? Adam Moss, ‘chief geek’ at leading tech website Expansys seems to think so, hailing the Sensation as a definite “iPhone beater”.

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Boost Mobile Phones In Stock

February 10th, 2011
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Are you looking for a used phones at a competitive price? If that happens to be the case, do make a point of checking out this site. Basically, it lists cell phones and parts for sale from most major brands within the country.

These include Nextel Phones, Boost Mobile Phones and to name just a couple from a list that can be found on the main page. The company also specializes in wholesale cellular phones, and these are equally accessible from the main page. They are also starting to get deep into Used Sprint Phones

Note that in addition to browsing the site until you find what you are looking for, you can always subscribe to the wholesale Specials?list and be informed of the most recent additions to the catalog that way. Of course, you can always e-mail the company or phone them if you have any doubts that you would like to dispel. The respective address and phone number are listed on the main page. Both English and Spanish are spoken.

Read more: www.cdphonehome.com

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Free BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife (BBSAK) v1.6 Released

October 17th, 2009
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RIMGeeks has released a new version of their handy BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife (BBSAK) Windows desktop application.

New in BBSAK v1.6:

  • Brand New Tabbed Layout for better organization
  • Animated app expansion
  • Multiple COD install now available through the “Install COD(s)” button
  • Multiple COD removal now available through the “Remove COD(s)” button (Read system required to remove cods)
  • Install JAD files (ALL CODs referenced in JAD file must be in the SAME FOLDER as JAD)
  • JAD Maker now included! (Box is drag and drop for windows xp and vista users only)
  • New BB Screenshot Preview! – Preview your screenshot before you save it!
  • RESTORE APPS BUTTON IS BACK!!! (NOTE** will install all files under “BBSAK BACKUP” in the applications section of your blackberry removing this app will remove ALL apps in the backup!!!!! THE ALX IS STILL CREATED!!! feel free to install that via loader.exe or blackberry desktop manager)

This desktop app has helped me out a few times where I bricked my BlackBerry (not on purpose of course). Luckily I had made a backup of my 3rd party apps with BBSAK so it was easy to install all of them at once instead of one-by-one. Backing up 3rd party apps is not all BBSAK can do and RIMGeeks is continuously working to improve it with new features and fixes.

For more info and to download BBSAK v1.6 visit the RIMGeeks project page.

Free Blackberry Financial App

October 14th, 2009
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Yahoo Finance is one of the top 5 financial portals in the Internet. Its not surprising a roll out of smartphone apps for the Yahoo fanance was just a matter of time. I’m just glad the Blackberry was one number one in their list.

Yahoo Finance for the Blackberry currently has these features;

- Currency Search
- Financial new aggregator
- Stock quotes and graphs
- View your Yahoo Finance Portfolio
- Real time data and after market analysis
- Statistics

Overall the software is a solid financial app for the blackberry I can’t for them to open a UK version.

OTA download: Yahoo Finance Blackberry

Battery Use Tips for your Maximum Battery Life

October 10th, 2009
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All current Blackberrys use a Lithium-ion battery, or “Li-ion” for short. In the past, some BlackBerry devices used a Nickel-metal hydride batteries, or “NiMH”. This article focuses on the Li-ion battery.

One of the most often asked questions on the BlackBerryForums is about battery use, charging and draining. From my reading, there is lot of confusion over the false belief that new batteries must be conditioned and fully drained before charging. I hope these tips below help some users form some good battery habits!

Tips for new BlackBerrys and Batteries:

  1. When you get a new Blackberry, charge it fully to 100%. There is no 120% or 130%, so once it hits 100%, it is fully charged. This normally takes about 2-4 hours for a new device. There is nothing wrong with “over-charging” the battery, however there is no real need to do so. Sometimes, new Li-ion batteries will come fully charged out of the box.
  2. There is no “break-in” or “conditioning” required for the Li-ion batteries. They do not need the old “fully discharge – fully charge” routine for the initial three charges as was recommended on older battery technologies.
  3. If you are a brand new BlackBerry user, keep in mind that you are likely using (or playing with) your BlackBerry much more the first few days than in normal routine use. If you think you are having quick battery discharge issues, give yourself a week or so until your daily BlackBerry usage levels off to a perceived normal amount.

Tips for routine charging and ongoing use:

  1. There is no memory on a Li-ion battery, and thus it is recommended that you “top-off” the charge regularly during the day. Ten minutes now and then on your wall outlet, automobile or USB cable is recommended. The charger displayed above (the Doubletalk Charger) is personally my favorite all-around charger, allowing for only one charger for all of my needs – for auto or a wall outlet.
  2. Roughly every 30 charges, deliberately discharge your battery to 10-15%, and fully charge to 100% afterwards. This will help maintain the accuracy of the “fuel gauge” on the device (your battery meter or scale). It has nothing to do with the battery memory (as mentioned, Li-ion batteries do not have memory) but helps maintain the accuracy of the device’s percentage of battery charge left.
  3. Don’t drain your battery every day to 10-20% of its charge. You can actually expect battery problems by draining the battery. Again, to repeat, top-off your charge during the day whenever convenient – even ten minutes in the car or at your desk will give you an extra 20-25% charge.

Tips for reducing fast battery drain:

  1. A BlackBerry constantly searching for signal drains the battery quickly. In an office building, residence, or rural area with low signal coverage, you will experience a quicker battery drain. Turn off the “radio” on the homescreen or the data signal if you must reduce battery drain in severe circumstances (Options > Mobile Network > Data Services = OFF).
  2. Check your applications running in the background. There are commonly four or five applications that will always be running (Messages, Call Logs/Phone, BlackBerry Messenger, Homescreen, and the Browser; there are others such as BeamBerry and Alarms which will also run). Make certain that the browser is NOT on an active webpage (should return the bookmarks page only). Close any other applications that do not need to be running (the camera or a game you were playing or Google Maps).
  3. Turn off the Bluetooth connection when you don’t need it (Options > Bluetooth).
  4. Some applications such JiveTalk have a “battery save mode” when idle. Log off applications such as JiveTalk, AIM, Google Talk if you are not using them for long periods of time.
  5. Use your sleeper-magnet enabled holster. The magnet in the holster is there for a reason – it puts the BlackBerry to sleep, saves the battery, and makes you a happy camper.
  6. Turn your backlight down to 80%… for many, that is a barely noticeable difference in the screen brightness (Options > Screen/Keyboard).
  7. Get an extended-life battery if you think you need it ( Seidio Online has many choices for various models).
  8. Li-ion batteries have a typical life-span of 300-500 charges, which averages out to approximately two years. A Li-ion battery will normally maintain more of a full capacity charge and then “quit working” suddenly, rather than gradually becoming worse in performance.
  9. Store a Li-ion battery with about a 50% charge at normal room temperature. Hot temperatures (like an auto glovebox) will drain a stored battery quickly

Free WordPress Beta For BlackBerry Updated To v0.9.0.157

October 9th, 2009
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It’s been a while since the WordPress Beta app for BlackBerry has been updated but a new version is now available. Version 0.9.0.157 includes the following changes:

  • They’ve updated the comments UI and also added:
    • Gravatar support
    • Ability to open the URL of the author into the BB browser
    • A reply to comment feature, so you can moderate and respond all from the mobile device.
  • On the Post and Page screens they’ve also updated the UI and added:
    • The ability to open the comment list for a specific post
    • Support for the post excerpt field
    • Support for custom fields

    Support for Italian and French is also included along with SD card support to help out with memory usage.

To get the latest version go to blackberry.wordpress.org/install from your BlackBerry Browser or visit the main site for more info. If you already have this application installed it should automatically prompt you to upgrade to the latest version. Feel free to share your thoughts about the new version in the comments!

Free Application-Voxofon Call Abroad v1.3.0 Download Available

October 9th, 2009
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A real cost saver for anybody calling abroad, with international rates from 1.3 c/min. Works seamlessly with your phone – place calls as usual using phone’s Dialer or Contacts. Rates and calling options displayed before each call abroad.
Features:

  • Use phone’s Dialer or Contacts to make calls as usual    Voxofon
  • Automatic detection of international calls
  • International rates from 1.3 cents/minute
  • Call-through and call-back options
  • Send intetrnational SMS directly from SMS Compose screen
  • Free test calls; Sign up to get up to 30 call minutes
  • Easy to get started – just install the application                  

Minimum Requirements: 

  • BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 and above

Display Dimensions
   240 x 240, 240 x 260, 240 x 320, 320 x 240, 480 x 320, 480 x 360
Operating System
   4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 Non-Touch, 4.7 Touch Screen

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Free Cortado SMS2Desk v1.1 for Blackberry 8900

October 9th, 2009
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Never miss an SMS again! Cortado SMS2Desk integrates your SMS communication into any e-mail program. Receive, answer, and archive your text messages as simply and comfortably as you do your e-mails. With SMS2Desk, you can even handle PIN messages in a convenient way.
Features:

  • Conveniently send and receive text and PIN messages on your PC or laptop through your e-mail program
  • Reply to text messages directly from your e-mail program
  • Integrate your SMS and PIN communication into Microsoft Outlook, IBM Lotus Notes, GroupWise, or any other e-mail program
  • Premium Version: In addition to the functions above, the Premium Version of SMS2Desk provides the following options:
  • Multi-SMS: Sends e-mails which exceed the SMS character limit in multiple text messages. Write as much as you like!
  • Send one SMS or PIN message to multiple recipients: just list their numbers separated by commas
  • Editable e-mail address: forward and save all SMS and PIN to another e-mail account (for example).
  • Limit the maximum number of text messages which can be sent in one e-mail. Allows even prolific writers to maintain full cost control.
  • Sent confirmation via E-Mail: so you always know if your SMS or PIN was sent.
  • No Cortado footer at the end of messages sent or received using SMS2Desk

     Cortado   

Minimum Requirements:

  • Cortado SMS2Desk can be used with BlackBerry handhelds with firmware version 4.2.1 or higher.

Display Dimensions
   160 x 160, 240 x 160, 240 x 240, 240 x 260, 240 x 320, 320 x 240, 360 x 480, 480 x 320, 480 x 360
Operating System
   4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 Non-Touch, 4.7 Touch Screen, 5.0

Click here and get Cortado SMSDesk v1.1 for free

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