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Introducing The Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone

October 28th, 2011

RIM officially today announced the Porsche Design P’9981 smartphone from BlackBerry, aka the previously rumored BlackBerry Knight. Details about this device have been vague except for the fact that it would be a BlackBerry smartphone designed by Porsche Design as an exclusive, luxury device. They’re having a launch event soon where VIPs will get an exclusive preview of the device but RIM has already issued a press release and full webpage with info:porsche-design-p9981-blackberry3-500x500

The Porsche Design P’9981 smartphone from BlackBerry is instantly identifiable as a Porsche Design product. The exclusive material choices for this unique smartphone include a forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touch display. This customized Porsche Design P’9981 comes with an exclusive Porsche Design UI and a bespoke Wikitude Workld Browser augmented reality app experience. It also includes premium, exclusive PINs that help easily identify another P’9981 smartphone user.

Let me know what you think of this Porsche Design BlackBerry smartphone in the comments.

SIM-Based Devices: BlackBerry Curve 9360 & Bold 9900

October 27th, 2011

RIM today announced that the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and Bold 9900 are the first SIM-based smartphones to get MasterCard PayPass handset certification. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since BlackBerry devices are among the most secure handsets available, if not the most secure. Both the Curve 9360 and Bold 9900 are equipped with NFC so once it’s ready to go, all you have to do is swipe your device over a PayPass scanner to issue a payment.

There are two highlights:

Carriers globally will now have access to the first NFC smartphones  certified as MasterCard PayPass™ approved devices

France Telecom – Orange amongst first to benefit from MasterCard certification awarded to RIM

BlackBerry Bold 9790

October 26th, 2011

Today we know that the BlackBerry Bold 9790 has seen its share of cameral time, but we haven’t seen it look this way before.  BGR got their hands on a picture of the 9790 with redesigned Menu key buttons. The buttons looked to be raised like they are on the BlackBerry Torch 9850/60. Now we think perhaps this design may not be popular to some, but I personally don’t mind them on the Torch 9850BlackBerry-Bold-9790-redesign

Another new detail that we learned is that the Bold 9790 will be the first BlackBerry device to see OS 7.1, which will be the last OS that RIM will release before the new BBX Platform.

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The BlackBerry Curve 9360 In Singapore & Thailand

October 25th, 2011

RIM is still rolling out the new BlackBerry 7 smartphones internationally. The latest to join the fun are Singapore and Thailand with the BlackBerry Curve 9360.

It is said that the new BlackBerry Curve smartphone is slim, stylish and simply beautiful. It is ergonomically designed with a comfortable and iconic keyboard for fast, accurate typing  and an optical trackpad for easy, one handed navigation. GPS and Wi-Fi support are also included, as well as 5MP camera with flash and video recording so that memories can be captured and instantly shared on social networks. The micro SD/SDHC slot supports up to 32GB memory cards for additional media storage.Curve_9350-9360-9370_Front

In addition to supporting the new BlackBerry OS7. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone features a range of powerful hardware enhancements including an upgraded processor and display, more memory, and built-in support for NFC. NFC is a new technology that is enabling many exciting capabilities, including the abliity to pair processor or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9900 Release Date Update: Maybe November 6th?

October 24th, 2011

The best info I have right now hasn’t come in from trusted personal sources. I’ve had a few different people send in similar info over the past ten days. When that happens it’s often a good sign of the info being legit (store owners, etc. getting the same info), but since it’s not something I have concrete evidence on yet nor is coming from what I consider one of my personal trusted sources, just take it as me passing on the tip line info I have right now to you, to keep you in the loop. And often after making a post like this we’ll see a lot more feedback come in saying whether we got it right or wrong, so stay tuned for that. So don’t get too excited yet. But at least it’s better than nothing.

So with that disclaimer in mind, the best word I have as of now is that it’s looking like Sunday, November 6th is the day that both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Torch 9860 could become available to consumers. Based on some of the cost info that was sent in as well, on the pricing front it points to the Bold 9900 selling for $199 and the Torch 9860 going for $99 on a standard 2-year contract. Again, don’t take this as solid news yet, but I hope it does pan out to be true. November 6th isn’t too far away!

And if you go back three years in BlackBerry history, it was actually October 21st, 2008 when AT&T finally announced the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and it was November 4th when it became available to customers. In that case also, other carriers had the 9000 available since August. So maybe, just maybe we’ll see history repeat itself here… give or take a few days. If you haven’t signed our AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9900 petition yet, do that now, and keep it locked to CrackBerry for more updates as we have them on the Bold 9900 from AT&T!

Inventor of BlackBerry Messenger!

October 21st, 2011

Gary Klassen, Inventor of BlackBerry Messenger

Ever wonder who actually invented BlackBerry Messenger? You’re looking at him above. That’s Gary Klassen, a Software Developer at Research In Motion for over 10 years now, and he is the man who literally wrote the code for version 1.0 of BlackBerry Messenger. Seriously, this guy is a celebrity in my book. Statues should be erected in Gary’s honor.  

We all know BlackBerry Messenger is one of the biggest hooks the BlackBerry platform has. Research In Motion originally made its mark in the world with push email, but in recent years it is BBM that has become the killer feature the company gets the most kudos for. Especially in the consumer space, BlackBerry Messenger is the must-have application that attracts people to buying a BlackBerry Smartphone and keeps them from switching to another platform when it comes time to upgrade. I’m not going to try and calculate where RIM would be today if they did not have BBM – all I know is they would not be in nearly as good a position.

Companies are made of people and all too often it’s the company itself and/or its founders who get to reap the credit for innovations produced. 

The Introduction of BBX

October 19th, 2011

Lazaridis took the stage to kick off DevCon with a keynote that started off talking about the growth of the platform. He talked about the increase in subscriber base, BBM users and the benefits of being a developer for the BlackBerry platform. Some of the numbers include 70 million subscribers, 25 million downloads of BBM apps (foursquare had 200,000 downloads in one day) and something like 80 million BBM users. The biggest announcement so far is the introduction of BBX, the combination of QNX and BlackBerry.

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BBX is the combination of QNX and BlackBerry and Lazaridis says this is a huge transition for the company. “The whole company is aligning behind a single platform and vision” says Mike. The new BBX will take the best of QNX and the best of BlackBerry to create a single OS that can service a wide range of devices and use cases.

The new BBX will allow for a range of managed devices in the cloud. It’s a pretty amazing unified vision. It will include everything from PlayBook, to smartphones, Enterprize and Cloud services, and embedded systems like cars.

HTML 5 is a big part of the platform and is described as “the bridge between BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7 and BBX.” The idea is that you can write once and deploy everywhere, on all platforms.

Generally, RIM has made a huge push to give developers zero reason to bring their apps over to the BlackBerry Platform. We’ll have more to show you very shortly.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

RIM Offers Free Premium Apps to Customers Following Service Interruptions

October 18th, 2011

As we all know, last week it happens BlackBerry service interruptions. And in the wake of that RIM has announced that they will be giving away a suite of premium apps to customers. The app selections include several hit game titles, productivity apps, and premium audio apps. The package would have cost over 100 dollars if it were purchased through App World.

There’s no arguing that this last weeks’ BlackBerry service interruption have been the largest and most widespread yet. There have been smaller service interruptions in the past but this is the first time that a smartphone maker has offered a premium software recompense to all their clients for coping with the service interruptions.

Here’s a list of apps included in the bundle:

  • SIMS 3 – Electronic Arts
  • Bejeweled – Electronic Arts
  • N.O.V.A. – Gameloft
  • Texas Hold’em Poker 2 – Gameloft
  • Bubble Bash 2 – Gameloft
  • Photo Editor Ultimate – Ice Cold Apps
  • DriveSafe.ly Pro – iSpeech.org
  • iSpeech Translator Pro – iSpeech.org
  • Drive Safe.ly Enterprise – iSpeech.org
  • Nobex Radio™ Premium – Nobex
  • Shazam Encore – Shazam
  • Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant – Vlingo

The suite of apps will begin to be made available after Wednesday October 19th and will continue to be available until December 31st 2011.

BlackBerry App World Updated To Version 3.0.1.20 In BlackBerry Beta Zone

October 17th, 2011

Yesterday RIM has posted a new version of BlackBerry App World in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The latest beta is at version 3.0.1.20 and includes a bunch of fixes. Here is the list of changes for this update, and please kindly learn the following details:

  • Performance and speed enhancements across all BlackBerry devices
  • Multiple translation/localization errors
  • Multiple instances of UI lag
  • Apps not appearing in “My World” for some users
  • User continuously notified to update the same applications when on the latest version
  • Memory leak occurring and taking up too much device memory
  • Null pointer exception during downloads
  • Escaping out of viewing app description returns user to top of installed/uninstalled list – App World should not go back to the top of list but return to the previously viewed app in the list
  • Error when opening and closing some apps with the error message: “Uncaught Exception;Attempt to delete a field that doesn’t belong to the manager”
  • Unable to upgrade “Try and Buy” app after installing App World 3.0
  • “Out Of Memory Error” when attempting to launch App World
  • No “reinstall” button available for Facebook / BB Bridge / etc in App World after deletion
  • The “Reboot” option is available in the menu of AppWorld 2.1.x.x and it does not show in AppWorld 3.0.0.x

If you download this beta and get stuck on the loading screen, try these temporary fixes:

  • While in App World, hold ALT and type RST.  This will reset the App World cache.  A user has told me that after doing this 3-4 times, App World now works.
  • Uninstall App World and then Reinstall.  This has worked for one user after 2 attempts.

The Great BlackBerry Outage of 2011

October 14th, 2011

If you learned the news in the past 3 days, you’ve noticed BlackBerry has been in the news recently.  Unfortunately, it’s not good publicity for them.  We can say it was RIM’s biggest outage to date and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Although this outage caused many people to comment on how unreliable RIM is, this was their first outage in 18 months.  Yesterday, Robin Bienfait, CIO of RIM, posted this letter:

To All BlackBerry Customers:

I want to first apologize for the service interruptions and delays many of you have been experiencing this week. I also wanted to connect with you directly, give you an update on the service issues we are trying to solve, and answer some of the questions and concerns you’ve expressed.

You’ve depended on us for reliable, real-time communications, and right now we’re letting you down. We are taking this very seriously and have people around the world working around the clock to address this situation. We believe we understand why this happened and we are working to restore normal service levels in all markets as quickly as we can.

Here is the current status of service and issues for the various regions that were impacted:

For Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA):

  • Email systems are operating and we are continuing to clear any backlogged messages. Support teams are working to minimize the impact on our customers.
  • BBM traffic is online and traffic is passing successfully
  • Browsing is temporarily unavailable as the Support teams monitor service stability and continue to assess when this service can be safely brought online
  • Support teams have added capacity to help with message delivery between regions and continents

For Canada and Latin America:

  • Email systems are operating and we are continuing to clear any backlogged messages. Support teams are working to minimize the impact on our customers
  • BBM and browsing services are online and traffic is passing successfully (except for three carrier networks in Latin America that are serviced by the EMEIA infrastructure – browsing is temporarily unavailable for those three carrier networks)
  • Support teams are investigating reports of BBM delays

For the U.S.:

  • Email systems are operating and we are continuing to clear any backlogged messages. Support teams are working to minimize the impact on our customers.
  • Support teams have added capacity to help with message delivery between regions and continents
  • BBM and browsing services are online and traffic is passing successfully
  • Support teams are investigating reports of BBM delays

We will provide regular updates on BlackBerry.com, RIM.com and via our social channels. We are doing everything in our power to restore regular service everywhere and to restore your trust in us.

Yours sincerely,

Robin Bienfait

But now, Thankfully, RIM reports that the outages are now under control and everyone’s BlackBerries should be receiving emails and BBMs once again.   But what would you have liked RIM to do differently? More updates on what is being done service-wise? Who knows… We all care about it.