Archive for August, 2011

3 Things You Should Know About The New BlackBerry Curve

August 31st, 2011

Since RIM has announced they will release the BlackBerry Curves soon. I am eager to see it .  Because inside the BlackBerry has listed the top 3 things  that BlackBerry fans should  know about BlackBerry Curves.

      1.   The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones are sleek

  1. People familiar with the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and 9930 smartphones and the all-touch BlackBerry® Torch™ 9850 and 9860 smartphones we introduced earlier this month have heard us talk about the sleek and trim design of the new BlackBerry 7 smartphones, and the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones are no exception. Our intention was to craft the most stylish BlackBerry Curve smartphones yet, while still maintaining that classic ‘just right’ Curve feel.

    We wanted to provide you a balance of ergonomics and style through a combination of key design decisions. For example, the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones feature a “Waterfall” design similar to that of the new all-touch BlackBerry Torch, curving both front and back surfaces together for a smooth fit in your hand. We paired this design with a flowing soft-touch band around the circumference of the device, which is both durable and makes the new BlackBerry Curve smartphones comfortable to hold. The soft-touch band also seamlessly integrates functional features like the volume, mute and convenience keys. And we think you’ll love knowing that the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones are also some of the lightest BlackBerry smartphones ever, weighing in at only 99 grams –including battery – making portability one less thing you need to worry about.

  2. The BlackBerry 7 OS powers the new BlackBerry Curve smartphones

    The slim and sleek BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones have been paired with the fast and powerful new BlackBerry 7 OS. We know that BlackBerry Curve smartphone users love to browse the web, and the next-generation BlackBerry Browser is a perfect example of the performance improvements offered by BlackBerry 7. The BlackBerry 7 Browser features a significantly faster web experience, as well as optimized HTML 5 support for things like web-based games and videos. BlackBerry 7 ensures that BlackBerry smartphone users will receive a fast and fluid experience on the new BlackBerry Curve smartphones, with crisp graphics that take advantage of the new devices’ HVGA+ (480×360) display.

    BlackBerry 7 also features another improvement upon the BlackBerry 6 OS: voice-activated Universal Search. Voice-activated Universal Search makes it even easier to find the files, messages and contacts stored on your BlackBerry Curve smartphone. You can also use Universal Search to scour the mobile web and supported 3rd party applications to find the information you need – hands free!

  3. The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones deeply integrate social

    On top of the new functionality provided by the BlackBerry 7 OS, the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones feature a variety of applications that make them some of the most social BlackBerry smartphones ever. In addition to the latest versions of Twitter® for BlackBerry smartphones and Facebook® for BlackBerry smartphones, the new BlackBerry Curve smartphones feature a brand new version of the popular Social Feeds application, which integrates your Facebook®, Twitter® and BBM feeds into one convenient location. Social Feeds 2.0 contains new features such as Universal Search integration, and the ability to create custom views for your social feeds. My favorite new Social Feeds 2.0 feature may just be the ability to flag items for viewing at a later date, which ensures I don’t have to miss out on any important updates or news items when I’m on the go.                                                                                                                                    While there are many BBM-connected apps available, my personal favorite has to be foursquare, because I love sharing (and bragging about) new badges I’ve unlocked with friends. I think if you see the above information, you will learn more about BlackBerry Curves before you have a BlackBerry Curves.

RIM’s QNX-based smartphones “will be Android-compatible” from BlackBerry

August 30th, 2011

There is a rumor saying that RIM is expected to release their new QNX platform on BlackBerry smartphone early 2012. We’ve heard that the first device will be an all touchscreen with the code name called the “Colt”. Specs. wise, it will possibly have a 3.7″ screen and comes with either a single core or dual-core processor. Also, our sources say:

"3 people who know the road map believe the plans for the new BlackBerrys “will be Android-compatible”. RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is powered by QNX and will eventually have the Android App Player installed, this has been delayed and is expected to be available in the fall. The report continued to state that the upcoming QNX BlackBerry are “expected next year to run applications built for Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system… The Android app player in the new BlackBerrys is the same one that has been built for the PlayBook, and it is being tweaked to fit the different screen size and resolution of various BlackBerry models… RIM plans to have the Android player installed on the QNX phones when they go on sale and not in an upgrade, to avoid criticisms that software upgrades were too slow to come, the person said".

We are looking forward to see how RIM make use of QNX to regain its lost market shares. We are looking forward to see this nice devices.

Scrrenshot of Paybook OS Leaked

August 29th, 2011

There has been rumors of the PlayBook getting a pretty big software update this fall. Today i learned that has posted pictures of what appears to be a BlackBerry PlayBook running Tablet OS from a site called MAXPDA . It is said to be that this OS update is the one that we are all waiting for, it will include native apps like email, contact, calendar, and BBM, plus include the Android Player built-in. playbook-os-20

From the looks of the screenshots we will see dedicated apps for mail, contacts, and calendar.

If these screenshots is in fact real, you can see this PlayBook is running Tablet OS, which means RIM is pretty along with its development. A promising future it is.

BlackBerry Curve 9350 —Smoother and Faster with BlackBerry 7

August 25th, 2011

It is said that with BlackBerry 7, the BlackBerry Browser is significantly enhanced to provide a faster and more fluid user experience and includes optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

Building upon the Universal Search feature introduced in BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7 expands the capability to include voice-activated search. This new capability makes it easier and more convenient to search for content on the smartphone or web.

BlackBerry 7 also integrates BlackBerry® BalanceTM, which separates personal content from corporate content, giving users the freedom and flexibility to use the smartphone for personal email, Facebook®, Twitter®, multimedia, games and other apps, while satisfying the very real need for corporate data to be highly secure and manageable. BlackBerry Balance works in conjunction with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0.3, which provides a number of unique IT policy controls, such as wiping only corporate data or blocking work-related content and apps from being copied or forwarded to personal contacts.

BlackBerry Curve 9350 requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $40 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB web or $10 per month versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB web. (Pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)

Top 5 BlackBerry 7 Tips

August 24th, 2011

After BlackBerry OS 7 released, i have learned some BlackBerry 7 tips from some website and want to share with you.

   1. Add Music, Pictures and Videos to the Home Screen

  1. On top of being able to add a shortcut on your home screen to get quick access to websites, contacts and files, you also have the ability to add shortcuts to music, pictures and videos. For example, you can create a new folder on your home screen and add some of your favorite albums or playlists. Before we start, add a new folder – while on the home screen, press the Menu key and select Add Folder.

  2. Add to Existing Contacts

    Keeping contact information up to date is a lot easier in BlackBerry 7 OS than the previous OS, thanks to the ability to add contact information to existing contacts. To change a contact using information on your BlackBerry® smartphone – such as information in an email or a calendar entry – highlight the information you want to add to a contact and complete the following steps:

    1. Press the Menu key and select Add to Contacts.
    2. Select Add to Existing Contact.
    3. Select the contact.
    4. Review the changes followed by pressing the Menu key and selecting Save.
  3. Manage Home Screen Panels

    Control whether or not panels are used on the BlackBerry 7 OS home screen.

    1. On the home screen, press the Menu key and select Manage Panels.
    2. Select or clear the checkbox for each panel.
    3. Press the Menu key and select Save.
  4. Turn on or turn off audio and video shortcuts

    You most likely have discovered these shortcuts already, but if you haven’t, when you’re playing back audio or video, the BlackBerry smartphone uses the Volume and Mute keys as shortcuts to play, pause and skip. In the BlackBerry 7 OS, you now have the option to disable this feature if desired.

    1. On the home screen, select Media.
    2. Press the Menu key and select Media Options.
    3. Toggle the Allow Mute and Volume keys to control play, pause, and skip checkbox.
    4. Press the Menu key and select Save.
  5. Add Custom Search Engines to the Browser

    Find yourself searching a specific website such as knowledge base a lot? Why not add it as a custom search engine so you can search against it by default using the Manage Search Engines feature available in BlackBerry 7.

    If the website you are browsing supports this feature (such as this blog, for example) you can add it to your search engines list by pressing the Menu key. If supported, the Add Search Engine option will also appear and specify the search engine(s) you can add.

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BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing Update

August 18th, 2011

Today i learned that The BlackBerry® Mobile Conferencing app has been a huge hit with the BlackBerry business community. It is said that the updated version of the app that brings even more functionality.

As a reminder, BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing is a free app (available in BlackBerry App World™) that integrates with your BlackBerry® smartphone’s calendar to make joining and scheduling calls easy while on the go. Check out the additional features offered in the new version of Mobile Conferencing below:

Convert an Email to a Conference Invitation

Now you can shift your conversation from email to a conference bridge quickly and simply.

Manage up to 10 Conference Profiles

The BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing app has been designed not only to provide ease of access and connection to these calls, but also to help you manage the variety of conference bridges that you use by allowing up to 10 conference profiles to be stored on your device.

Improved Conference Call Detection Algorithm

The app has done a great job of detecting conference call information and automating the process, and now the algorithm behind this process is better than ever.

Improved Hidden Moderator Code

When you’re scheduling conference calls from your desktop, you can now send only the participant information and keep your moderator or host code hidden.

Support for BlackBerry 7

All of the new BlackBerry® 7 OS smartphones will support the BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing app, including the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and 9930 smartphones, as well as the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810 and 9850 smartphones.

These improvements have all been made as a result of user feedback and dedication to the solution. If you like it, you can get it free from BlackBerry App World.

New BlackBerry 7 Features Ranging From Awesome To Helpful

August 15th, 2011

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The new BlackBerry 7 devices are out in the wild and being tested. Different people have different reviews. Here are some fun features of BlackBerry 7 in no particular order:

Manage Panels

One thing we liked about BlackBerry 6 was the introduction of panels, but there was a lot of redundancy.

Add to Existing Contacts

One of the more frustrating elements of adding contacts with your BlackBerry is there was no “add to existing contacts” field and you would have to either create a new contact or navigate to the contact and copy and paste. Now the feature is baked right in.

Custom Search Engines

It’s great to see that custom search engines are built into BlackBerry 7. One of the downsides is that it isn’t all that easy to add custom search engines and it would be nice if it were as easy as Firefox. We’ll have a tutorial coming on how to add a variety of search engines for those not sure how to enter the search fields properly.

Device Switch

The device switch options located in the Setup app, has some really helpful features for backing up and restoring your device. The app allows you to backup and restore using the SD Card which helps if you’re not big on using data.

HTML 5 Video Support

HTML 5 is fast becoming a great new standard for the web and many sites are specifically adopting HTML 5 video. Popular video sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and others have either already implemented HTML 5 video or have a beta player available to the public. Great Suite of Preloaded Apps

BlackBerry 7 comes with a host of awesome apps that make the overall BlackBerry more enjoyable.

Browser Speed Improved by 40%

If you want to experience this features, when you pick up a BlackBerry 7 device, you can really feel the difference.

Article About Interview with Tyler Lessard About BBM, Developers and More

August 12th, 2011

Today i read an article about a interview with Tyler Lessard about BBM by Kyle McInnes from BlackBerry Cool. I learn about that the problem with interviewing people at RIM is they’re obviously not going to tell interviewer anything that hasn’t already been announced, and the best interviewer can hope for is “yes, we’re working on it” or “it’s something we’re driving towards.” Even if Kyle McInnes ask a random question like “what’s your favorite app?”

This is the details of the interview, i would like to share with you.

Q: What was the impetus for the BBM Social Platform?

Generally, RIM has been working on building the Super Apps platform as a fully integrated app experience is a core advantage of the BlackBerry Platform. Developers really enjoy the fact that apps can talk to native PIM applications and building BBM integration was a natural progression of the platform.

Q: This is version 1.0 of the BBM Social Platform, how do you see the platform evolving?

The current APIs aim to enhance the BBM experience as well as the app experience. RIM will continue to help both of these experiences evolve and one particular way they’ll do this is using Groups to help augment the app and BBM experience. Groups are a very popular feature in BBM and there are many ways that RIM can help developers leverage Groups to enhance their apps.

Q: What is RIM doing to help those BlackBerry users that are less technically inclined?

Getting users to update is a challenge and RIM has taken steps to make sure that the latest devices ship with the most recent software. For example, BlackBerry 7 ships with BBM 6 and users will be able to take advantage of the latest apps right out of the box. RIM is constantly looking to new ways to make the entire user experience more seamless and building checks so that if users aren’t on the latest versions, they’ll get prompts when needed.

Q: RIM is currently in a transition phase right now, can you speak to how the platform will evolve towards QNX? Will developers making BlackBerry 7 apps be left in the dark when QNX comes out?

RIM’s message to developers is that BlackBerry 7 has a significant life span. The company has already announced 5 devices that will have BlackBerry 7 and carriers are excited about these devices. (At this point I comment about how there aren’t that many more BlackBerry 6 devices and we’ve heard that BB 6 users spend the most on paid apps. So a BlackBerry 7 only app is still a viable business and it helps that BB 6 apps are forward compatible.)

Tyler also talked about how this transition involves developing the tablet OS and bringing that down to a high-end smartphone. (I ask Tyler about how we’ve heard that the tablet OS will have support for legacy apps, and whether it’s safe to assume that the smartphone version of the tablet OS will also have support for legacy apps). Tyler wouldn’t comment on the specifics of whether the QNX smartphone would have support for legacy apps but did say that RIM’s stance is that even without QNX, BlackBerry 7 apps will have a significant lifespan on the BlackBerry platform. He wouldn’t comment on what “significant” meant exactly.

Q: App World has seen a lot of success and is continually being updated. What else can we expect? Are affiliate programs in the works?

“It’s something we’re driving towards” says Tyler. He wouldn’t comment on any specifics but gave the impression that it’s something RIM has been looking at and it’s in the roadmap. (At this point we talk about how App World is growing as the single source of apps, and yet there’s still carrier stores on devices. Why is that?) Tyler pointed out that carrier stores are at the discretion of the carrier and while some are choosing to drop the store in favor of App World, it’s not a bad thing to have more choice.

Q: RIM has been in a negative spotlight lately in the media and it seems like they can do no right. Any speculation on the negative media attention?

Tyler didn’t seem interested in commenting because any speculation may add to the negative attention but did mention that he knows many users would probably have liked to see the BlackBerry 7 devices sooner.

Q: We’ve seen the acquisitions of Tiny Hippo and Ripple, as well as ScoreLoop, how do these acquisitions speak to the evolution of the developer tools?

RIM is putting a lot of dollars and commitment to web tools and HTML5 support. With Tiny Hippo and Ripple, we’ll start to see a lot of developers from many different coding backgrounds heading to the BlackBerry platform as the company provides more tools and support for them to code their apps in a familiar language and bring it to the platform. The overall strategy seems to be that RIM will support a variety of code bases and eventually provide a single, all-encompassing set of developer tools to make everything is in one place and is cross-platform. RIM understands that developers don’t want to have to get their tools from multiple places and that having everything under one roof with access to all the features of the BlackBerry platform is the ultimate goal.

Q: Will themes continue to be supported through BlackBerry 7 and QNX?

Themes follow a pretty standard schedule of waiting for the devices to be released, letting the final version of the software take shape and then working on the theme tools. Themes will continue to be a feature of BlackBerry 7 and theme developers can look forward to a Theme Builder that will support OS 7.  

Leaked OS For The BlackBerry Torch 9810

August 11th, 2011

Today i happened to read another latest news about OS 7. It says that the OS for BlackBerry Torch 9810 has been leaked. For details, please kindly get it as follows:

OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9810

But i want to remind you that you may install at your own risk. This is Leaked/Beta software that is not guaranteed to be stable, and therefore will not be supported by RIM or your wireless carrier should you run into some problems. As a precaution, if you decide to upgrade, it is highly recommended that you make a backup before using this software. If you are not comfortable using Leaked/Beta software you should probably wait for the next official release.

PressReader App for the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

August 10th, 2011

Today, we know that PressReader app for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet from Newspaper Direct has been released. This fantastic app make users to access almost access to over 1900 newspapers and magazines from 95 countries in 48 languages. They are include The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Le Journal de Montréal, La Presse, The Guardian, Daily Mail, International Herald Tribune, Le Monde and more. Here are some of the app’s features:

  • Flipping pages as if reading a paper publication
  • Panning /zooming articles and images, and viewing them in stunning clarity
  • Easily navigating publications using page thumbnails or tables of contents
  • Opening full articles in easy-to-read text view
  • Searching online across titles and selecting the desired titles for download
  • Sharing articles on Facebook and Twitter
  • Authorizing PressReader as part of the existing subscription.

If you have interest in it, please kindly download the app for free from BlackBerry App World here.