BlackBerry Java SDK Version 7.1 Beta Now Available

November 22nd, 2011

RIM recently released a new beta version of the BlackBerry Java SDK. The new beta is available for the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry JDE on Windows, with Mac support on the way. Here are the primary API features of this release:

  • NFC Peer-to-Peer API, allowing applications to share files and other data through NFC technology initiated communication with Bluetooth® handover.
  • FM radio API, which is designed to give applications the ability to manipulate FM tuner settings on BlackBerry smartphones with supporting hardware.
  • Profiles API, which brings more Super App features to applications, allowing them to query current profile settings and adjust their own application behaviour accordingly; or, conversely, intelligently change the current profile to match the user’s current activities.

BlackBerry 7.1 OS will be available as an update for in-market devices running the BlackBerry® 7 OS, and will also be available on future BlackBerry smartphones that will be running v7.1.

This beta release of the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.1 includes a simulator for the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone running 7.1 OS, but developers leveraging net.rim.device.api.browser.field2.BrowserField are encouraged to also download an updated standalone version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 simulator , which is designed to include a more stable environment for browser-based development.

BlackBerry Curve 9380 Full Specifications

November 16th, 2011

Well today RIM announced the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and we have got our hands on the specs! The BlackBerry Curve 9380 will be rocking a 806Mhz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 512MB GB of on board memory, NFC, and much more. Check out the full specs down below!

Curve 9380 Features and Specifications

Size
109 x 60 x 11.2 mm, approximately 98g

Display
3.2″ capacitive touch screen display – 480×360 pixel HVGA+ 188ppi

Keyboard
Touch screen QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad

CPU
806 MHz processor

Memory
512 MB RAM; 512MB GB on-board memory, plus microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards

Camera
5.0 MP camera, Flash, 4X Zoom supports VGA video recording (640×480)

Sensors
Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), Proximity Sensor, Ambiant light sensor

GPS
Built-in GPS / aGPS

Wifi & Connectivity

Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n with NFC

  • Quad-Band: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networks
  • Tri-Band UMTS networks: (800 / 850) / 1900 / 2100 MHz or 900 / 1700 / 2100 MHz UMTS

Bluetooth
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

Operating System
BlackBerry 7 OS

Battery
1230 mAh removable, rechargeable battery

Hope these information would help you learn more about BlackBerry Curve9380.

RIM introduces the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380

November 16th, 2011

Early this morning we know that a press release came out from RIM introducing two new BlackBerry 7 smartphones, the Bold 9790 and Curve 9380. The new Bold 9790 brings the familiar design of the popular Bold 9700 and 9780 smartphones, and updates it with a high-resolution touchscreen, 1GHz processor, and 8GB on on-board memory. While the new Curve 9380 is the first all touch BlackBerry in the Curve family, and brings a high-resolution 3.2″ touchscreen and 5.0MP camera. Both devices are also pre-loaded with BlackBerry 7 OS. The Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 smartphones are expected to be available all over the world from various companies within the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details on that…

The new smartphones offer impressively slim and stylish designs with enhanced communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is both powerful and compact, offering users a fully loaded, high performance smartphone with the dual benefits of a high resolution touch display and a highly tactile keyboard. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever BlackBerry® Curve™ smartphone with a touch display. It continues to deliver the powerful social experiences, ease-of-use and smaller handset size that distinguish the BlackBerry Curve family, while also offering Curve users the choice of a larger display and an all-touch design.

BlackBerry Bold 9790 Smartphone with Touch Display and Keyboard
True to the BlackBerry Bold brand, the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone is powerful, full-featured and built with premium materials and finishes. It combines a high-resolution and highly responsive touch display with a highly tactile keyboard and a precise optical trackpad, but comes in a narrow design that is easy to carry and exceptionally comfortable to hold.  With the BlackBerry 7 OS and powerful 1 GHz processor, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 delivers fast, smooth performance for browsing the web, running apps, working with documents, and enjoying multimedia. It includes 8GB of onboard memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage.

All-Touch BlackBerry Curve 9380 Smartphone
The finely crafted BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first all-touch smartphone in the BlackBerry Curve family. It features a highly responsive and brilliant 3.2” high resolution display and comes with preinstalled social networking apps, including BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), Facebook®, Twitter™ and Social Feeds apps, that offer a fun, easy and smoothly integrated mobile experience. This compact and stylish handset also features a 5MP camera with flash and video recording, allowing users to easily capture and share their favorite moments with family, friends and colleagues.

Powerful BlackBerry 7 OS
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 are both powered by the new BlackBerry 7 OS, which delivers a faster and richer user experience with improved browsing, voice-activated searches, and support for Augmented Reality and NFC (Near Field Communications). It also includes the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity apps out of the box.

BlackBerry 7 also introduces an enhanced browser that provides a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience. The browser  includes a new JIT (just in time) JavaScript compiler to improve the load time speed of web pages and it offers optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences. The popular universal search capability has also been enhanced with support for voice-activated search, so users can simply speak to begin searching their device and the web for information.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones include built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC, allowing users to connect with the world around them in fresh new ways. With the Wikitude Augmented Reality application, users can find nearby BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) contacts in real-time, read reviews on restaurants close to them, or get the story behind an interesting landmark and points of interest. NFC also enables many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones include built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC, allowing users to connect with the world around them in fresh new ways. With the Wikitude Augmented Reality application, users can find nearby BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) contacts in real-time, read reviews on restaurants close to them, or get the story behind an interesting landmark and points of interest. NFC also enables many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

BlackBerry 7 includes a number of preinstalled applications and integrated functionality for increasing productivity and easy sharing and collaboration right out of the box. The Premium version of Documents To Go is included free of charge, offering users powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. BlackBerry® Protect is pre-loaded*, offering customers the peace of mind that personal data can be backed up and secured in the cloud.  BlackBerry® Balance is integrated in BlackBerry 7, allowing users to enjoy the full BlackBerry smartphone experience for both work and personal purposes without compromising the IT department’s need for advanced security and IT controls. The Social Feeds (2.0) app has been extended to capture updates from media and favorites all in one consolidated view. The Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones (2.0) app introduces features like Facebook chat and BBM integration that makes it easier for users to connect with their Facebook friends in real time.

Availability
It is said that the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones will begin to be available from various carriers around the world over the coming weeks. Availability dates for specific devices from specific carriers will be announced in conjunction with RIM’s partners.

Upcoming BBX Features

November 14th, 2011

We are very excited about BBX. Everything RIM has said about the platform makes a lot of sense and the rumors we’re hearing about the first QNX device sound exciting. The only downside is that all the rumors point to a full touchscreen device, and we’ve never been happy with a full touchscreen BlackBerry. We need our keyboard. Regardless, a recent interview with Alec Saunders confirms some cool upcoming features of BBX, and we’re even more excited about the first devices to launch.

Here are the features we are most excited about:

1. Improving the developer tools, documentation and process for getting started.
2. RIM is working on “Super App” APIs to allow deep integration with PlayBook and BBX platform.
3. Carriers will only need to certify the radio stack. All OS updates will be pushed on the fly.
4. App World is getting coupons, better screenshots resolutions and more after the 3.0 release.
5. RIM is going to make sure HTML5  and Web developers get access to all the APIs necessary for a great native super app.

One thing Alec mentioned is that RIM will be shutting down outside app downloads going forward. It’s likely that you will be able to find some form of workaround to get unapproved apps on your device, but it’s not going to be easy. Companies like Mobihand can forget about being involved in the BBX platform.

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First BBX Powered BlackBerry Device to Support BES and Will Have BlackBerry PlayBook Screen resolution

November 10th, 2011

Lately we have been hearing many rumors about BBX platform and what it will be bringing to the table.  At first we thought that it would not support BIS/BES. Which, I couldn’t think of a BlackBerry device that doesn’t support BES/BIS!

In an interview with PCMag RIM’s vice president of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development Alec Saunders stated that the new BBX BlackBerry device will in fact have BES support. He also said that the first BBX device, codenamed the Colt, will have the same Screen Resolution as the BlackBerry PlayBook which is 16:9 aspect ratio with a 1024×600-pixel resolution. The first device will be a full touchscreen device.

Saunders also stated that RIM is going to focus a lot on gaming on the next BlackBerry Platform!! Click the link below to read Alec Saunders full interview! I can’t wait for BBX!

ISP Internet Outage On November 7 Did Not Affect BlackBerry Infrastructure

November 8th, 2011

Today we think that after the recent meltdown of RIM’s BlackBerry Internet Service, I’m sure those of you that experienced an outage today were quick to point the finger them. If you did, you blamed the wrong service. According to an official statement from RIM, the outage was a global issue that affects Internet Service Providers (ISPs) but did not have an affect on the BlackBerry infrastructure:

There was a global Internet issue this morning that impacted a number of Internet Service Providers (ISP) around the world. RIM’s BlackBerry Infrastructure was not impacted however, some customers may have experienced delays with their ISP. RIM continues to monitor the situation.

There you have it. Were you affected by this outage? Any comment on this would be much appreciated.

Near Field Communication

November 7th, 2011

Recently as more carriers are rolling out updates allowing users to take advantage of NFC on their BlackBerry 7 devices,  users want to know what exactly NFC is, what it does and how it can be used.

NFC stands for near field communication and is used to easily transfer data from one device to another.  It is currently available on the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, Curve 9350/9360/9370, and Bold 9790.  It can be used to transfer information such as contacts and files, or media such as pictures, videos and songs.  Data transfer can also be used between more than just two phones.  There is also the option to have your credit card information stored on your phone for quick payments at select retailers.  If a poster is equipped with an NFC tag, your phone can scan the tag.  Depending on what information the tag sends out, your phone will either download an app or give you more information on what is on the poster.  This is similar to using a tag reader app to take a picture of a QR (quick response) code.  QR pictures are difficult to take, because you have to be in the right lighting, the picture can’t be off-center and the code can’t be blurry.  Because of this, NFC tag scanning is much more reliable.  As soon as your phone passes over the tag you’re trying to scan, a dialog box will pop up to  ensure it was scanned.  As NFC becomes more common within phone providers, it can also be used as a hotel or ID key card.

Using NFCLauncher combined with ShortcutMe, you can create macros that you can write onto NFC enabled tags.  ShortcutMe is an app designed to do multiple things on your phone using one press of a button.  NFCLauncher lets you write these shortcuts to NFC tags that you can use anywhere.  A few ideas of ways to use these tags are to put one in your car and have it set your sound profile to loud, turn on bluetooth and turn on Drive Safe.ly.  You can also put one on your office desk to turn your phone on silent, turn bluetooth off, and turn on WiFi.  For more ideas on what to do with tags, click here.  For help creating macros and to find out more about these applications, go here.

MasterCard recently approved using NFC with their program called PayPass.  This will allow MasterCard credit card holders with an NFC enabled phone to pay for their purchases using their phone.  Using PayPass, users will also be able to find out movie times and get rebates.  For now, they are testing this application with select banks, meaning you’ll have to wait to actually download the app.  By clicking this link, you can find merchants in your area that will accept PayPass.  For an application in the beginning stages, there are already lots of stores that are participating.

Many people expect NFC to become a widely used application as more cell phones come equipped with it.  We want to know how you’re using NFC on your BlackBerry!  Do you have tags designated for different shortcuts that you use throughout your day?  Or do you only use it when there is an NFC enabled poster?  Please kindly express your idea in the below comments.

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.

brainwave_tuner

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.