April 27, 2012

Foursquare for BlackBerry updated to include NFC and inbox integration

Foursquare for BlackBerry users are getting a nice little bump today with the release of version 3.9. A couple long-awaited features are hitting the app, which is consistently kept updated on all its supported platforms.
In this release, Foursquare has done what Twitter and Facebook did a while back and integrated its direct message system into the BlackBerry inbox, allowing you to see who’s pinged you without having to enter the app.
And users of BlackBerry 7.1-powered NFC-capable devices such as the Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 can use NFC to check into places with the appropriate tags. While still a relatively niche feature, more locations are putting up NFC tags to take advantage of quick-touch checkins, and we hope to see more of them in the future.

Download : Foursquare for BlackBerry 3.9

 Via : Crakberry

April 26, 2012

Facebook for BlackBerry updated to

Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones makes it even easier to connect with friends and share your news while you’re on the go. Discover all the great ways Facebook works with your BlackBerry smartphone to help you stay connected and on top of your social life.
What’s new: • Fixed an error preventing some users without WiFi from logging into the app
•Fixed a freezing issue that some users encountered when becoming BBM connected

April 25, 2012

Play PlayStation games on your BlackBerry PlayBook

PlayStation games on your BlackBerry PlayBook? Thanks to forums member Catalyst the PlayStation emulator dubbed PCSX-ReARMed-PB is ready to roll. While it still has a few quirks, the emulator looks to be running pretty well for the most part so far. You'll be on your own when it comes to loading it up and finding some games to play, but you can hit up the forum thread below for help and more discussion.
Check out all the instructions here  and you can download the emulator zipped from GitHub.

 Source : Adam Zeis

Via Crackberry

April 24, 2012

Angry Birds Space for BlackBerry PlayBook Now Available

Angry Birds Space is now available for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The price is quite interesting at $2.99 but still pretty high.
Angry Birds Space features 60 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular game play ranging from slow-motion puzzles to light speed destruction. With regular free updates, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!

April 23, 2012

PSA: Trying to persuade someone to choose Android over iOS? This video might just be what you need

We all at some point meet someone who’s sitting on the fence while deciding between Android and iOS. And the Phandroids that we all are, there’s only one suggestion they are going to get out of us.
Unfortunately, such is the horrible state of tech reporting, that there is a major perception issue that we have to combat.  "The iPhone just works", or "the UI is so much simpler", or the apps are so much more polished".
That’s just a bunch of boohockey, and these people who are about to spend their hard earned money on a new smartphone deserve to know that too. Share this video with them and get them to really understand the advantages of Android. And thumb up this video as much as you can, because this guy deserves props for taking some time out to compile the opinions we’ve all had for years into a good, objective

source : Raveesh Bhalla

Via :Phandroid

PlayBook Owners in for a Surprise?

An interesting tweet just came across my timeline.
@ajeppsson – Charge your #playbook! Get a full night of rest! Something wonderful is about to happen! Be sure to check #AppWorld tomorrow :-)

April 19, 2012

Activate Find My iPhone/IPad

 Make sure you have the latest iOS 5 update installed and i Tunes 10.5 or later.

1. Tap the Settings app on your iPhone. Then Tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" and "Add Account." Then choose MobileMe. 

2. In the MobileMe account menu, enter your iTunes or Apple ID and password (i.e., the login you use to buy iTunes media on the iPhone).

3. The "Find My iPhone/IPad" option should appear. Slide it to "ON" to activate it."

To use find My IPhone, go on a computer and enter  www.icloud.com in a web browser. Then enter the same login credentials you used to register for Find My iPhone, and you'll immediately get a GPS reading of the phone, along with a simple menu of buttons allowing you to :
lock, wipe, or send a message or sound to the iPhone.

April 18, 2012

WestJet to pimp out some planes with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9

WestJet and Seattle-based Skycast Solutions have struck a deal that will offer flyers the option to rent the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Currently the contract is for 4 planes, specifically the Boeing 737-800, as they aren’t outfitted with any entertainment system. In total WestJet will have 68 Tabs available per plane, for a total of 272. The Tab 8.9 has been given a fancy name and called the TrayVu Slim, aptly fits on the tray table and will run a customized version of Android. The service will offer new movie releases, TV shows, children’s shows, plus will come with a complimentary set of headphones. WestJet is expected to roll this service out in June and the rental fee is still being worked out, but estimated to be between $10-$15 per trip.
Source :  PRNewswire

Via : Mobilesyrup

April 17, 2012

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.1 Update Now Available

A new version of the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS – v2.0.1.358 – is now available to all users. This free update can be downloaded over-the-air from your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
The BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0.1.358 contains many updates including:
  • Browser enhancements to address performance with some websites
  • Improvements to support Android apps
  • Optimizations to Video Chat, PIM and BlackBerry Bridge applications
  • And much more!

April 16, 2012

Roku Canada launches streaming player, bringing popular U.S. platform north of border

One of America's top-selling streaming platforms has come to Canada, with plenty of content available to keep media junkies satisfied right from the start.
Roku, a set-top streaming player, officially launches in Canada today and is available to pre-order for April 30.

April 13, 2012

Trend Micro calls BlackBerry 7 the most secure OS for the enterprise

RIM’s BlackBerry 7 is the most enterprise-friendly and secure mobile operating system, according to Trend Micro. The security company compared all four major smartphone platforms, including iOS 5, Android 2.3, Windows Phone Mango and BlackBerry 7, and found that despite losing of its security edge when connected to the consumer-facing BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), the company’s Enterprise Service (BES) is still top-notch.

April 12, 2012

Be More Social with Updated BBM Connected Apps: Facebook, Twitter and More!

Get ready, #TeamBlackBerry! Some of your favorite apps are about to become BBM™ connected and join the list of the over 800 BBM connected applications available on the BlackBerry App World™ storefront. We are very excited to announce that updates of some of the apps you know and love – Facebook® for BlackBerry smartphones, Twitter® for BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry® Travel™, BlackBerry App World, BBM™ Music, and BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM) – will begin to roll out throughout the next 10 days. (Note: BBM connected apps may not be available in all countries.)
For those who are not aware, BBM connected applications integrate BBM functionality right into the app, so you can do things like invite BBM friends to experience your favorite apps, chat with BBM contacts from inside the BBM connected app, and share and discover new BlackBerry apps and content with friends – without ever leaving the app!
These applications have a whole new slew of features that make your BlackBerry smartphone experience even better. Let’s have a look:
Source Blackberry blog

April 11, 2012

BlackBerry 10 TK2 Victory Concept Is Full Of Win

The fresh, new, and exciting BlackBerry TK Victory {concept}. Upgraded and improved to pack a punch in today’s ever rapidly growing and competitive super smartphone market.

Facebook for BlackBerry Updates In App World to V3.0.0.15

What’s New?
New features of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.0 include:

April 10, 2012

Alec Saunders clears up the debate on the future of side-loading for the BlackBerry PlayBook

There’s been a lot of coverage this morning about tweets I posted regarding the side-loading of apps onto the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. Unfortunately, 140 characters doesn’t allow for nuance. I’d like to take this opportunity to set the record straight for our developer community.

We’re not getting rid of side-loading on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS or in BlackBerry 10.

Side-loading on our platform is changing in nature. Side-loading is a developer feature. It exists so that developers can load their apps onto their own devices to test. It’s there so developers can send a beta release to their testing community for review. It is definitely not there for some people to side load a pirated app.
What are we doing?
Starting with our next release of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS, we’re introducing a feature that will encrypt apps so they can only be run by the user who purchased the app.
What’s next?
We’re working with you, our developer community, to ensure you can still quickly and easily test your apps on real hardware. That’s one of the reasons we’re kicking off BlackBerry 10 Jam by giving each developer attendee a prototype device to start building on. I’ll be on-hand at the show to answer your questions – look forward to seeing you there.
Let’s Jam.
 Source:  Blackberry DevBlog

April 09, 2012

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Review: Three reasons it’s the best tablet bang for your buck

There is no easy way to say this: your PlayBook is now useful. Not that it wasn’t before, but the hundreds of thousands of dedicated BlackBerry users who eagerly spent nearly $500 on a PlayBook when it was released in April 2011 were often disappointed with its limited capability. No true email or calendar client, no real apps to speak of. The OS was slick, its multitasking fluid and intuitive, and even its browser was great, but that it relied on owning a BlackBerry smartphone to perform basic functions like sending emails was beyond reproach.

TELUS cuts international roaming rates again, data pay-per-use drops to $5/MB

TELUS recently cut their overseas roaming rates, or as this document states “slashes” their international roaming rates. The celebration of these lower rates actually went live a year ago, but was just extended to the end of June. Today, TELUS continued the slashing by cutting the pay-per-use data price down. What was once set at $25/MB dropped to $10/MB, now will see some of the roaming locations prices fall to $5/MB. Western Europe, Mexico and Oceana are all $5/MB (from $10/MB). Caribbean/ Latin America, Eurasia and Africa stay the same at $10/MB. In addition, Satellite locations (cruise ships, airplanes) drops from $25/MB to $10/MB.
The price changes starts today.

Source : Mobilesyrup

BlackBerry Wins a Shorty Industry Award!

I’m pleased to report that on Monday, March 26th, 2012, Research In Motion® (RIM®) won the 2012 Shorty Industry Award for Best Use of Social Media for Customer Service!
This is the second year in a row that RIM has won a Shorty Award for Customer Service, but what makes this year so special is that they expanded the Shorty Awards to honor all of the best short-form content published across social media, beyond just what we publish on Twitter®. In addition, they included the Customer Service category in the Shorty Industry Awards which, unlike the general interest Shorty Awards, are exclusive to the professional industry community. While the general Shorty Awards are subject to public voting, the Shorty Industry Awards are reviewed by a prestigious panel of expert and celebrity judges.

Nokia Lumia 900 irks users by not connecting to the Web

A lot of hype and eager anticipation surrounded the release of Nokia's Lumia 900 smartphone yesterday. People debated whether to ditch their i Phones in lieu of this cheaper yet still high-end featured mobile device.
However, it seems this latest Windows Phone is off to a rocky start -- several owners of the 900s report that their new devices aren't connecting to AT&T's data networks.
"Got my new lumia 900 yesterday from at&t, everything's fine EXCEPT THE WEB," wrote one user on Nokia's Support Discussions. "Any 1 has the same issue?"

April 05, 2012

Get premium apps for BlackBerry 7 for free

From now until May 31, 2012, BlackBerry® 7 OS
users in Canada are eligible to receive over $77
in selected premium apps.

Half a million Mac users hit by Flashback virus

The legend of the virus-free Mac operating system has been proven untrue, according to a Russian web security company that claims 555,000 computers running Mac OS X have been affected by malware.

Dr. Web says its research suggests the Flashback Trojan is particularly strong in Canada and the United States, implying it seems to be targeting English-speaking users.

The virus first surfaced in its current form in February, with Apple only releasing a security update in response on Tuesday, the Russian firm said.

The virus is spread when computer users are tricked into visiting a compromised website, which then loads a malicious executable file (.exe) onto the user's computer.

The Trojan then sends a message to the intruder's server, enabling the computer to be controlled remotely.

The Russian security company said Thursday that as many as four million web pages contained links to the compromised pages at the end of March.

Some Apple users had also reported being infected by the malware after visiting dlink.com, but this was not confirmed by Dr. Web.

Of the computers found to contain the Trojan, 56.6 per cent were in the United States, 19.8 per cent were in Canada, 12.8 per cent were in the United Kingdom and 6.1 per cent were in Australia.

The virus has gained a significant amount of attention due to Apple's reputation for being impenetrable to virus attacks, a claim that was underlined in a Mac commercials that poked fun at PCs' vulnerability.

Mac users are encouraged to install the latest software update, which protects against the Trojan. This can be done by selecting "Software update" in the computer's system preferences panel.

Sites found to be fronts for the virus include:

  • godofwar3.rr.nu
  • ironmanvideo.rr.nu
  • killaoftime.rr.nu
  • gangstasparadise.rr.nu
  • mystreamvideo.rr.nu
  • bestustreamtv.rr.nu
  • ustreambesttv.rr.nu
  • ustreamtvonline.rr.nu
  • ustream-tv.rr.nu, and
  • ustream.rr.nu.

By : CTVNews

April 02, 2012

Facebook for iPad updated to 4.1.1 with Retina Display support

What's New in Version 4.1.1
In this release, we added some features and fixed some bugs so now:
- You can go offline in chat
- The right profile picture appears for everyone
- Your list of friends always includes all your friends
- In sets of photos, your name is displayed correctly
- Photos of people who like Facebook Pages load correctly
- Your friend-request notification only lights up if you have a request
- You can change your language to Czech, Danish, Greek, Indonesian, Malaysian, Norwegian (Bokmal), Portuguese (Portugal) or Thai
- If you've got a new Retina iPad, you'll see a crisp, high resolution interface

April 01, 2012

RIM is NOT Abandoning The Consumer Market, Despite What You’ve Heard

All those Chicken Littles out there doing the Muppet Run in frantic circles about how RIM is “abandoning the consumer market” need to calm down and have some dip. That is NOT what was said, nor was it implied. Financial earnings calls are open to a lot of interpretation, and it seems like a lot of doom-seeking RIM bashers are leaping to two hugely-mistaken conclusions. Let’s address them, shall we?

RIM CEO demo BB10

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