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RIM Launches BBM Music for BlackBerry

November 4th, 2011

RIM has launched a music service for BlackBerry Messenger called BBM music. BBM Music is designed to be more rewarding the more friends you have connected to the service.

RIM’s response to competing smartphone platforms’ music services offers a very innovative system of music discovery by allowing users to discover music through the BlackBerry Messenger social network.

Discovering new music through the social graph is certainly a very compelling way to discover new music on the mobile. It’s a system that has the potential to thrive in a world where searching through an enormous mobile music catalogues has become the accepted norm.

The BBM Music catalogue is based on the user’s country listed on their BlackBerry ID and the ability to listen to your friends’ shared songs may depend on that song also being available in your area. To share, users select 50 of their favorite songs with the ability to swap out 25 of those songs each month.

Brainwave Tuner gets inside your head and plays with your brain – and on sale for 50% off too

November 3rd, 2011

Music soothes the savage beast. The saying holds more truth than you may realize. Think of how many times you‘ve thrown on some music to help you vent, put you to sleep or even help you keep your focus. You may even have created playlists on your BlackBerry smartphone for numerous occasions. One BlackBerry smartphone application takes the idea of beneficial tones one step further; Brainwave Tuner. Regardless if you are attempting to mediate, catch some shut eye or even cram for a test, you can browse through 20 preset sound patterns to assist you. It’s amazing how simple tones with binaural beats can help you get your mind where you need it to be- all it needs is the right stimuli.

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Brainwave Tuner was recently updated to version 2.6 and includes the following features:

  • Updated User Interface
  • Prolonged Sound Loops
  • Categorized waves and more sound patterns added in version 2.6
  • Examples of possible uses for brain stimulation
  • Relaxation and meditation by entraining your brain into desired states
  • Enhancement of learning capabilities (super learning)
  • Sleep induction (for treating insomnia or just for falling asleep quicker)
  • Focusing attention and enhancing awareness
  • Alleviation of headaches and migraines, as well as other pain
  • Preparation for stressful situations
  • Self hypnosis and/or subliminal programming


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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet specs leak out, BlackBerry soon to have another competitor in the tablet space?

November 1st, 2011

Looks as though the push for the BlackBerry PlayBook may have taken another hit. The folks over at Android central have come across the details surrounding the new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and well — it’s no longer just and e-reader.

This time around, Barnes & Noble has taken on full tablet status with with HD movies, TV shows and music, all thanks to the likes of Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora and it’s highly customized presumed to be — Android core although it never the details never mention that. While Barnes & Noble has compared it to that of the Kindle Fire, the specs appear to be in line with that of the BlackBerry PlayBook as well

  • Dual core TI OMAP processor at 1.2GHz.
  • 0.48 inches thin weighing in at 14.1 ounces or 400 grams.
  • 16GB of internal storage, plus it can take up to a 32GB microSD card.
  • Battery life is listed as "to be determined," but it looks like BN’s expecting 8 hours with Wifi off, or 4 hours of video playback
  • Wifi, with 802.11 b/g/n.

Plus, you know — Barnes & Noble’s strategic marketing and reputation behind it. The original NOOK and NOOK Color did exceptionally well for Barnes & Noble. This version, will be announced on Monday with shipped units arring in stores come November 16th. While it’s too early to tell what the reaction of users will be when unveiled, it’s certainly another shot across the PlayBook’s bow.

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.

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.

BBX

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.