BlackBerry App Generator: Your Website or Blog in 10 Minutes

Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerry, recently held a workshop/press event entitled “Convert Your Website & Blog to a BlackBerry 10 App” (inhale) at The Peninsula. It was presented by David Patterson of Alliance Operations (AsiaPac) and John Bibal II, group co-manager of pinoyBBdev. The workshop is a part of the initiatives to encourage developers to develop for the BB10 platform, which they have been doing since August last year, which included two Hackathons (pinoyBBdev Hackathon and BlackBerry Jam Hack), a Port-A-Thon and an academic program. BlackBerry App Generator: Your Website or Blog in 10 Minutes John demoed how you can make your website into a BlackBerry application. Assuming that you have your resources ready (icons and graphics and a decent internet connection), you can create your application in as fast as 10 minutes. The process seems really simple and straightforward: enter your site’s address or an RSS feed, choose an app layout, customise the colours, and place your logo and app icon and set the price of your app. Upon submission, you will be prompted create a membership account or enter your existing account credentials. It will then be submitted for review, which they say could take up to 2 weeks. Once approved, your application becomes available for download in BlackBerry World. You can manage your apps by logging back in and also be able to get some statistics, like how many times your app has been downloaded and other information. All these are being done in preparation for the global launch of BlackBerry 10 this January 30. RIM will be debuting two new devices by then, which they claim is unlike any smartphone in the market today. You can try the app generator yourself at http://blackberryappgenerator.com. Related posts: 15,000 BlackBerry 10 apps now ready in the App World BlackBerry services to be blocked in Dubai RIM is offering free BlackBerry PlayBook for app developers RIM introduces new BlackBerry offerings for your business RIM reveals BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930, comes...

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15,000 BlackBerry 10 apps now ready in the App World

According to Research In Motion’s VP for developer relations, Alec Saunders, the BlackBerry App World now has an additional 15,000 apps just for their upcoming BlackBerry 10 handsets. Good move on RIM’s part to ready the apps prior to the launch of their latest BlackBerry which might just put them back in the game. How did they do it? RIM hosted a virtual “Port-a-thon” last weekend where developers around the world were offered $100 for each app they port over the weekend with a maximum of 20 apps per developer. Android developers who submitted five or more apps were made eligible to participate in a random draw for BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Devices. RIM also guarantees developers a $10,000 incentive once their app earns $1,000 in the Blackberry App World. The BlackBerry 10 is slated for a January 30 launch and  RIM’s chief marketing officer Frank Boulben promised that at least 70,000 apps would be ready by that date. If you missed out on that “Port-a-thon”, there’s another one coming up. The final “BlackBerry 10 Last Chance Port-A-Thon” will begin on January 18 and will run for 36 hours. It’s a virtual event, so anyone can register to enter. Same incentives for this last round. [The Register] Related posts: BlackBerry App World 3.0 finally moves out of beta RIM says sorry, offers premium apps for FREE download RIM releases Blackberry App World 3.1 RIM launches Dev Tools for BlackBerry Tablet and Smartphone BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and Torch 9860 are now official Globe and RIM brings you close to the hottest music...

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BBM 7 brings BBM Voice, allows you to do voice chat over WiFi

Research In Motion (RIM) recently launched their latest BBM 7 and one of the new key features is BBM Voice which allows you to chat with your BB friends around the world over WiFi. Yeah, over WiFi so I guess you can’t really use BIS for this one not unless you have another BlackBerry acting as a WiFi hotspot. Aside from BBM Voice, here are other new things you will be getting from BBM7: Multi-tasking with Split-screen feature– Customers can do more while theytalk, such as check other BBM text chats, check email, or navigate to other apps while engaged on a BBM Voice call.They can start a call in an instant, and switch between texting and talking, or text and talk at the same time. They canalso for example, send a picture to a contact while theyare talking with them. Clear Visual Indicator – Customers can see when contacts are available for a voice call. Convenient Compatibility with Accessories – Customers can use their favorite accessories, such as a Bluetooth or wired headset, or use the BlackBerry smartphone’s speakerphone. 16 New Emoticons Direct BBM Update Notification – BBM will now notify a customer when there is an update from within the app, and allow them to download it immediately from inside the app. Simple BlackBerry ID Synchronization – BBM profile, Groups and Contacts are now linked to the BBID for easy backup and restore. The data will also carry over when they move to BlackBerry 10. You can get BBM 7 if you have a BlackBerry running on BB 6 OS or higher with support planned for smartphones running the BB 5 OS early next year. The BBM 7 software update can be downloaded for free at appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/3729/. Related posts: BlackBerry services to be blocked in Dubai RIM is offering free BlackBerry PlayBook for app developers RIM introduces new BlackBerry offerings for your business RIM reveals BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930, comes with exciting upgrades RIM unveils BlackBerry BBX, their next generation mobile platform RIM launches 5 new BlackBerry...

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RIM slashes as much as 35% off on BlackBerry phones in time for the holidays

To attract more customers to take action and connect deeper with their loved ones this holiday season, RIM is rolling out their “Action Starts Here” campaign where they are introducing even more attractive offers for its latest and most popular BlackBerry smartphones. “Filipinos can enjoy up to 35% off on BlackBerry smartphones for themselves or their loved ones especially for the holiday season,” said Cameron Vernest, Director for the Philippines at RIM. “With these offers, we hope to enable Filipinos to experience the richness of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger)’s unlimited local and international messaging. Instantly connect with your barkada, exchange memories in real time, and share memorable photos, videos, and voice notes, wherever your loved ones may be in the world.” Check out the new pricing for BlackBerry smartphones just for the holidays. Model SRP BlackBerry Curve 8520 Php 6,990 BlackBerry Curve 9220 Php 7,990 BlackBerry Curve 9320 Php 9,990 BlackBerry Curve 9360 Php 13,490 BlackBerry Curve 9380 Php 10,990 BlackBerry Torch 9810 Php 23,490 BlackBerry Torch 9860 Php 20,290 BlackBerry Bold 9790 Php 18,990 BlackBerry Bold 9900 Php 26,490 The “Action Starts Here” campaign is supported by some of the brightest names in Philippine show business including long time BlackBerry users Solenn Heussaff, Isabelle Daza, Liz Uy, Tim Yap, and Raymond Gutierrez who rely on BBM as a means for staying in touch with each other, in spite of their busy schedules and jet-setting lifestyles. They will be sharing how BlackBerry and BBM inspire and enable them as people of action in various promotions leading up to Christmas. Consumers can tune into www.facebook.com/BlackBerryPH or follow @BlackBerryPH to find out how they can be part of these exciting activities. Related posts: BlackBerry services to be blocked in Dubai Take Php8,600 off a BlackBerry PlayBook when you buy a BlackBerry phone Experience BBM and win BlackBerry smartphones with these contests RIM enhances enterprise offering with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Globe and RIM brings you close to the hottest music events Win a BlackBerry at The BlackBerry Show this...

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Globe and RIM brings you close to the hottest music events

It seems that Globe and Research In Motion (RIM) are not yet done in bringing new Globe Postpaid BlackBerry users to the hottest music events and concerts. You may remember their exclusive promo for their Nicki Minaj fans a couple of months ago, now Globe Postpaid and RIM are back to give you access to another set of exclusive music experience. Last night at Centerstage, Makati, Globe and RIM announced the latest exclusive music events they’re bringing to new Globe BlackBerry users. When you get a BlackBerry Curve 9220 or BlackBerry Curve 9320 with a Globe postpaid plan, you’ll get the chance to be part of exclusive music events and parties: the Bar Tour Series, Karaoke Series, and Concert Series. Check out the details of this promo below: Bar Tour Series Get a chance to win VIP passes for you and three (3) of your friends in the Globe BlackBerry Exclusives Bar Tour Series when you get a BlackBerry Curve 9220 smartphone under a Globe postpaid plan. Subscribers who avail of the BlackBerry Curve 9220 whether as a new line or as re-contracting/loyalty from July 2 to September 13, 2012 automatically qualify for a raffle entry for a chance to win four (4) VIP passes with 2 buckets of beer and two dishes of pica-pica for free. To complete the music experience, the most in-demand OPM bands will play at the different participating music venues: Pedicab and Imago at Cubao X on September 1, General Luna and Razorback at 19 East on September 7, and Sandwich and Taken by Cars at B-Side on September 22. Karaoke Series Who doesn’t love Karaoke, especially with friends and loved ones? Subscribers who avail of a BlackBerry Curve 9320 under a Globe postpaid plan either as a new line or by re-contracting from July 2 to November 15, 2012 is entitled to one (1) raffle entry in the Globe BlackBerry Exclusives Karaoke Series, where eight (8) winners, each with four (4) friends, can enjoy a 5-hour karaoke night complete...

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RIM calls for BlackBerry app developers to a hackathon

If you’re a Filipino BlackBerry app developer and want to make your mark on the BlackBerry platform, or learn from other developers, RIM is inviting you to PinoyBBDev Hackathon 2012, a coding session to be held for 35 hours straight, whose goal is to turn application ideas into reality. The PinoyBBDev Hackathon 2012 is open not only to BB app developers but also developers from other platforms. It will be held on August 4 and 5 at the Alphaland Southgate Mall, Pasong Tamo Extension corner EDSA, Makati City. So why do you want to develop a BlackBerry app? According to the Yankee Research Group, BlackBerry App World saw more paid downloads per month than the Android market, while Vision Mobile has found that BlackBerry apps generate 40% more revenue for developers than Android apps.  BlackBerry may have lesser users than Android or iOS but majority of the users have the spending capability to buy quality apps. A key focus of the Hackathon will be on technologies supported by the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ and BlackBerry® 10, the next generation platform for BlackBerry devices: Adobe AIR using ActionScript, Flash or Flex Android – repackage your Android apps for BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 using Java Android Runtime Native with options to use Native SDK using C/C++/OpenGL, or Cascades (C++/Qt) WebWorks using HTML5, CSS & Javascript Supported by Research In Motion (RIM), these events are organized by the Philippine BlackBerry Developer Group (pinoyBBdev), whose aim is to provide information about the latest in developing for the BlackBerry platform. Those interested to learn more about the events and register can visit http://www.pinoybbdev.com/hackathon/ Related posts: RIM launches Dev Tools for BlackBerry Tablet and Smartphone Win a BlackBerry at The BlackBerry Show this Sunday BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and Torch 9860 are now official BlackBerry App World 3.0 finally moves out of beta RIM says sorry, offers premium apps for FREE download BlackBerry Curve 9320...

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RIM enhances enterprise offering with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is RIM’s next-generation mobile device management (MDM) solution for enterprise customers in the Philippines is now available. It delivers a cost-efficient, secure, reliable and scalable solution that consolidates the management of smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry OS (including support for BlackBerry PlayBook and future BlackBerry 10 devices) as well as Android and iOS, and provides a single, unified, web-based console for easily managing all devices. “For businesses and government, managing a mix of mobile devices on any scale is chaotic. Organizations face pressure to allow employees to bring their own devices into the workplace, and they are looking to RIM as the global leader in the enterprise mobility space to solve that problem,” said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Mobile Fusion allows organizations to manage a mixed environment of devices in the most secure, simple, and cost efficient manner possible. It also means that businesses and government do not have to move to the lowest common denominator on security for all the devices they need to manage.” BlackBerry Mobile Fusion integrates the market-leading features and security architecture of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (version 5.0.3), providing advanced IT management and controls, a single outbound security connection (256-bit AES encrypted “BlackBerry VPN”), enforceable IT policies, support for BlackBerry Balance technology, and over-the-air app and software installation capabilities for the management of BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets (as well as future BlackBerry 10 devices). For the wide range of government workers around the world and approximately 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies using BlackBerry smartphones today, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion allows them to leverage their current end-to-end BlackBerry security infrastructure and have flexible options for individually liable devices while keeping costs low. In addition to providing unmatched functionality for BlackBerry devices, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion also provides comprehensive mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices including: Support for multiple devices per user Application and software management Connectivity management (Wi-Fi®, VPN, certificates) Centralized, easy to use, unified web-based...

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BlackBerry Curve 9320 Review

Jun 13, 12 BlackBerry Curve 9320 Review

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The Blackberry Curve 9320 is the much-awaited upgrade to the 9300 Curve line from Research In Motion (RIM). It has the capacity to support the latest OS and features of a BlackBerry, at the same affordable price Curves are known for. Read on to find out if this new device is the perfect BlackBerry for your needs. Design Out of all the BlackBerry smartphones, the Curve line has been the most experimental when it comes to form factor. From an all-touch model (9380), to a Bold-like phone (9360), RIM decided to go back to its roots and came up with the BlackBerry 9320 that has the classic Curve design. Just like other Curve models, the 9320 has a plastic body with rubber and matte trimmings giving it a sleek look. At the left-hand side of the phone is the Micro-USB port for charging and data transfer. The convenience key at the left is a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) button. With this, you can quickly chat and send pictures to your contacts. If you’re not a BBM addict, you can always change the setting of the convenience keys in the Options menu. At the right-hand side, you will find the standard media keys: volume buttons, play/pause button (in the middle), and the right-hand convenience key that is pre-set as the camera shortcut. At the top, you have the lock/unlock button that also turns off your screen to save battery. The 3.5mm audio jack is now situated at the top, making it more accessible and functional so you can easily connect your headset even if the phone is inside your pocket. The back part houses the 3.2MP camera lens and LED flash. It takes decent photos, which should be enough for your mobile uploads. Other camera features include: video recording, 4X digital zoom, and Geotagging. The Curve 9320 has a 320 x 240 color display. Right above it, is the speaker grid and the circular led indicator. Below the screen, you will find the optical trackpad...

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is now available

I’ve been waiting for this news to break since this morning and finally, the confirmation that the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update is already available has reached us. PlayBook owners rejoice! We did a preview on some of the major features the update has to offer but if here it is again for good measure. Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 you have the option to use a unified inbox that consolidates all messages in one place, including messages from Facebook®, LinkedIn® and Twitter®, as well as personal and work email accounts. Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps:  The built-in calendar harnesses information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it.  Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts. New apps and content: Thousands of new apps are being added to BlackBerry App World™ today (including a range of Android® apps that will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook). A new BlackBerry Video Store1 is launching today. Enhanced web browsing capabilities are also available with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: BlackBerry® Bridge™ is a unique app that provides a Bluetooth® connection between your BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry® smartphone (including BBM™, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser) in order to let you view the content on the larger tablet display. With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, it’s easier and quicker than ever to take documents, web pages, emails and photos that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone and display them on your BlackBerry PlayBook for an optimized viewing and editing experience. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook. Improved mobile productivity: Updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry® Balance ™...

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RIM appoints COO Thorsten Heins as new President and CEO

As Research In Motion’s two CEOs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, stepped down recently, RIM’s Board of Directors named Thorsten Heins as President and Chief Executive Officer as part of the succession plan its Co-Chief Executive Officers submitted to the board. Mike Lazaridis, former Co-Chair and Co-CEO, has become Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee. As Vice Chair, he will work closely with Mr. Heins to offer strategic counsel, provide a smooth transition and continue to promote the BlackBerry brand worldwide. Mr. Heins said he looks forward to continuing to work with Mr. Lazaridis, globally recognized as a technology pioneer. He said, “Mike created a whole new way of communicating and I look forward to continuing our close collaboration.” On the transition to CEO by Mr. Heins, Mr. Lazaridis said, “There comes a time in the growth of every successful company when the founders recognize the need to pass the baton to new leadership. Jim and I went to the Board and told them that we thought that time was now.  With BlackBerry 7 now out, PlayBook 2.0 shipping in February and BlackBerry 10 expected to ship later this year, the company is entering a new phase, and we felt it was time for a new leader to take it through that phase and beyond.  Jim, the Board and I all agreed that leader should be Thorsten Heins.” Jim Balsillie remains a member of the Board. “I agree this is the right time to pass the baton to new leadership, and I have complete confidence in Thorsten, the management team and the company,” he said. “I remain a significant shareholder and a Director and, of course, they will have my full support.” Mr. Lazaridis said that he decided to move from Co-Chair to Vice Chair of the Board in order to return the public’s focus to what is most important: “the great company we have built, its iconic products, global brand and its talented employees.” Mr. Lazaridis added,...

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