RIM introduces new BlackBerry offerings for your business

Living up to its image as the executive’s smartphone of choice, Research In Motion announced new solutions for businesses who wish to seamlessly integrate BlackBerry smartphones to their system. Platform Evangelish for RIM, Arun Verna, revealed that their premium BlackBerry enterprise solution which is the BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BES has already been installed in 250,000 businesses worldwide. To capitalize on that, they announced something for the small businesses who wants a BlackBerry solution on top of their current setup without worrying about the complexities of implementing one. BlackBerry Express Server Express (BES Express) The BES Express is a trimmed down version of BES which is designed to cater to the needs of a small company. What’s good about it is that it’s free and easy to setup. If you already have a mail exchange server, BES Express will work on top of it, seamlessly integrating your e-mails, contacts, calendars, etc. to your BlackBerry without worrying about security issues with over 75 IT controls and policies you can configure. RIM just announced that the BES Express can now be connected to IBM Lotus Domino where aside from handling your typical mail tasks, you can also schedule meetings and appointments and access files stored on the company network straight from your BlackBerry. MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition If you’re really just starting up and don’t have an infrastructure in place but still want to integrated you and your employee’s BlackBerry, there’s the MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition which is developed by Alt-N working closely with RIM. Designed for the small-to-medium (SMB) market, it is an alternative to Microsoft Exchange which will not only act as your mail server but also includes collaboration tools and a messaging server. It is very simple out-of-the-box solution that an IT personnel can easily set up although flexible configurations required by seasoned IT administrators are also possible. It’s a perfect complement to businesses that want the strength of BlackBerry smartphones, service, and reliability in an easy-to-manage server environment. Related posts:...

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RIM brings BlackBerry Java and Android apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook

Research In Motion just announced that their BlackBerry PlayBook will be adding support for BlackBerry Java and Android apps aside from those made directly for the PlayBook. RIM will launch two “app players” that will allows users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android (v2.3) apps from the BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry Playbook. This move makes sense really. They can’t make the PlayBook come crashing at the gates with its paltry list of apps when it launches on April 19 in US and Canada. Adding support for the existing 25,000 BlackBerry Java apps and more than 200,000 Android apps will alleviate the need for the company to catch-up in the app department. It will also give developers a chance to create apps for the PlayBook without retooling themselves. RIM announced that it will allow developers to use the cross-platform game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to bring their games to the BlackBerry PlayBook. “The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform.” Somehow, this announcement sounds good and dandy for those wanting to get a PlayBook next month. But we’re missing something important here. BlackBerry Java and Android 2.3 apps were made for mobile phones, those with at most 4.2” screens. Running these apps on the PlayBook is not the same as running apps made specifically for the PlayBook. This is why not a lot of iPhone apps are being downloaded on the iPad. Serious porting needs to be done on these apps to get the same rich experience on a bigger device. That’s why I’m not so excited with this...

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BlackBerry 6 upgrade now available for Curve 3G and Bold 9700 owners

Just got word from our friends from Research in Motion (RIM) that their BlackBerry 6 OS is now available for Curve 3G and Bold 9700 owners, finally! It took them quite a while (it was announced way back in June last year) but here it is and it’s free to upgrade. To upgrade, existing owners of the BlackBerry Curve 3G and BlackBerry Bold 9700 can connect their smartphone to their computer and go to ap.blackberry.com/blackberry6 to download the update. The new BlackBerry 6 operating system includes an intuitive user interface, enhanced web browsing experience, universal search, social feeds and an engaging multimedia experience. The first BlackBerry phones to have the BlackBerry 6 OS were the Bold 9780 and Torch 9800 which have the new OS already pre-installed. For more information please visit, http://ap.blackberry.com/blackberry6. Related posts: RIM offers BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express free of charge BlackBerry 6 to be released soon, are you excited? BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review RIM launches Dev Tools for BlackBerry Tablet and Smartphone RIM upgrades BlackBerry Bold 9700 with 9780 RIM to formally introduce the BlackBerry Torch to the...

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BlackBerry PlayBook demoed, looks blazing fast

Feb 26, 11 BlackBerry PlayBook demoed, looks blazing fast

Posted by in Laptops & Tablets

Here’s a short demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook using a Scrapbooking app made by The Astonishing Tribe that Research In Motion recently acquired. It shows how responsive the multi-touch is on the PlayBook in manipulating the photos and caption. One word. Smooth. If RIM can make sure that all apps and games will perform as smooth as that Scrapbook app then the PlayBook will be one of those rare tablets having a really good user experience. If you’re not yet impressed, here’s another demo of the PlayBook playing Need for Speed Underground and at the same time being outputted to a HD TV and multi-tasked to a Quake demo game. The dual-core processor on the PlayBook along with how the native OS was created sure makes it one powerful device. Hmm, I’m confused whether the BlackBerry PlayBook was developed primarily for enterprise users or the average consumer. Now if only RIM can tell us when the PlayBook is going to be released. Related posts: RIM unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook RIM is offering free BlackBerry PlayBook for app...

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Win a BlackBerry at The BlackBerry Show this Sunday

Research In Motion is inviting you guys to watch "IN THE NAME OF LOVE: The BlackBerry Show" on February 6 (Sunday) 4pm, at the Trinoma Activity Center. Don’t ask me what RIM is up to with this one but they’ve invited celebrity Blackberry users to take part of this talk show hosted by Ms. Kris Aquino. Watch the queen of talk show engage Dennis Trillo and Jennilyn Mercado, Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica, Carla Abellana and Geoff Eigenmann, Tweenhearts’ Jhake Vargas, Bea Binene, Joshua Dionisio, and Barbie Forteza, Jon Avila, Sunshine Cruz-Montano, and Gab Valenciano in conversations about love. How BlackBerry has helped them navigate their way through their adventures and misadventures in love. There’s also going to be a demo booth where you can try out the latest BlackBerry smartphones: BlackBerry Curve 3G, BlackBerry Bold 9780 and the BlackBerry Torch 9800. BlackBerry Giveaway How about winning your own BlackBerry? For those who come in really early, RIM is raffling off BlackBerry smartphones every 30 minutes from 1 PM to 4 PM. that’s 6 BlackBerry phones they’re giving away. Yep, be there early to score your own BlackBerry. Winners will be announced during the show. Remember, it’s this Sunday, Feb. 6 at Trinoma Mall Activity Center. You don’t have to pay or buy anything to join the event or take part in the raffle. Just register on the spot and you’re in. Related posts: No related...

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RIM upgrades BlackBerry Bold 9700 with 9780

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is one of the successful smartphones from RIM. It exudes simplicity yet boasts of elegance at the same time. Its chassis’ chrome trimming and textured back makes the Bold the executive’s choice of BlackBerry. Given that, why did RIM came up with the 9780? The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is simply an upgrade of the 9700. It didn’t change much from the original Bold, which is a good thing. Why fix something that’s not broken right? The body is still the same, the display is still the same, even the processor speed and battery life are still the same. It did, however, made three worthwhile upgrades to make you consider upgrading your Bold 9700. First is the camera. From 3 megapixel, the 9780 now has a 5 megapixel camera. Ok not much of an improvement there. Then there’s the onboard memory storage which has been doubled from 256MB to 512MB which means more apps can be installed. microSD support is still the same at 32GB. Finally, it automatically comes with BlackBerry OS 6 which is a worthy upgrade by itself. Gregory Wade, Managing Director of Southeast Asia, RIM, said: “The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a powerful and feature-rich smartphone with an exceptional keyboard and a compact and stylish design. It comes with the popular new BlackBerry 6 operating system and delivers a truly outstanding mobile experience. We are confident that the BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be well received by customers in the Philippines.” BlackBerry Bold 9780 Specs: 624MHz processor 2.44″ display @ 480 x 360 pixels 512MB onboard memory, support up to 32GB microSD 3G/HSDPA WiFi 802.11 b/g Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP 5MP camera with LED flash Li-Po 1500mAh battery BlackBerry OS 6.0 Related posts: Join Fun with BlackBerry and get to win a white BlackBerry Bold 9700 BlackBerry 6 to be released soon, are you excited? RIM announced new BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review RIM launches Dev Tools for BlackBerry Tablet and Smartphone BlackBerry Bold vs. BlackBerry...

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RIM launches Dev Tools for BlackBerry Tablet and Smartphone

Interested in developing apps for the BlackBerry? Research In Motion (RIM) today launched the beta version of the BlackBerry WebWorks™ SDK for Tablet OS and new services and developer tools for BlackBerry smartphones at BlackBerry DEVCON Asia in Indonesia. BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS Based on robust web standards and drawing on continued collaboration with the open source community, the BlackBerry WebWorks platform will allow web and mobile developers to use the SDK in combination with their web development tools of choice to create compelling and deeply integrated applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook that also support BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry 6 operating system. With features that include access to core functionality in the BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as extensibility and robust security, the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS provides many benefits to developers including: RIM’s powerful WebKit web rendering engine (which is at the core of WebWorks) supporting the latest web technology standards including HTML5, CSS and JavaScript Deep access to device capabilities and components such as native dialogs, application invocation and system information A simple command-line tool that allows developers to use their favorite web development environment to develop WebWorks applications The capability to automatically transform a W3C widget archive file containing web assets into a BlackBerry WebWorks application package In order to provide an opportunity for WebWorks developers to qualify for the previously announced ‘free BlackBerry PlayBook’ offer, RIM is extending the offer to March 15, 2011. Starting today, web developers can download the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablets OS, build BlackBerry PlayBook applications and qualify for a free BlackBerry PlayBook. For more details about the offer including the Terms and Conditions visit www.blackberry.com/developers/blackberryplaybookoffer. Download the SDK at www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos/webworks. A new webcast series to help developers create BlackBerry WebWorks applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook will start on February 1, 2011. Developers will get first hand details on how to install tools, set up development environments, create their first application, and test applications on the simulator. Please visit www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos/webworkswebcasts New...

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

Jan 10, 11 BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

The battle for the best smartphone on the market continues as iPhone and Android devices go head to head. This year, BlackBerry decided to join the arena by releasing a super smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Read on to find out if the Torch 9800 really is “the best BlackBerry ever” released by RIM. Design If you are a BlackBerry fan, you would probably say at first glance that the Torch 9800 got its form from the Bold 9700 (go ahead and google BlackBerry Bold 9700, we’ll wait). Maybe that was the reason why early rumors and leaks of this phone revealed it as ‘Bold 9800’. Both models have the same metal-chrome-like (but wait, it’s plastic!) trimmings that outline the sides and top-back part of the phone. The Torch has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, with a 480 x 360 resolution. Below the screen, you will find the traditional call, menu, end call/power buttons, and the optical trackpad. The rest of the body is made of hard plastic with a very rubbery finish. The rear cover has a ribbed coating that will aid you in having a firm grip. You will find the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash also at the back of the phone. The lock and mute buttons are situated at the top. The location of the lock button is good since it is very accessible butoOn the other hand, there were times that the phone gets accidentally unlocked. At the left side, you will find the Micro USB jack for charging and data transfer. I had a hard time handling the phone while typing since the charging port is near the keypad area. I remember that they already resolved this issue when BlackBerry released the Curve 8520 and Bold 9700 models by placing the charging port on the top-left part of the phone. On the right side of the device, we have the 3.5mm headphone jack, volume buttons, and the convenience key. The QWERTY keyboard can be seen when you slide...

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RIM is offering free BlackBerry PlayBook for app developers

Do you develop BlackBerry apps? Here’s your chance to get your own free BlackBerry PlayBook. Research In Motion (RIM) recently opened the BlackBerry App World vendor portal to begin accepting BlackBerry PlayBook apps from developers. Registered developers who submit a qualifying BlackBerry PlayBook app that is accepted into BlackBerry App World prior to the initial product launch in North America will receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook, subject to certain terms and conditions. Although developers are encouraged to submit multiple apps, there is a limit of one free BlackBerry PlayBook per registered developer in BlackBerry App World. RIM recently released an update to the Beta version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The update now supports Flash Builder 4.5 (Burrito/Flex Mobile) with plug-ins that work with either Flash Builder 4.0 or the pre-release version of Flash Builder Burrito. Support for Flash Builder Burrito adds drag and drop capabilities, making it even easier and faster for developers to build applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The latest Beta of the SDK also supports Windows in 64-bit and includes a simulator for Linux. Here are some useful links to help you start developing for the PlayBook: BlackBerry Tablet OS Development (http://www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos) Getting Started Guide for Windows, Mac and Linux Development Guide Developer Tools for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux BlackBerry Tablet OS Webcast Series Get Building for the BlackBerry PlayBook My First App for the BlackBerry PlayBook Device Integration for apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook User Interface Guidelines Coming Soon! BlackBerry App World submissions (check http://devblog.blackberry.com for details in the next few days) Adobe Tablet OS Development Page BlackBerry Developer Blog (http://devblog.blackberry.com) Twitter (www.twitter.com/blackberrydev @BlackBerryDev) BlackBerry Support Forums For more info about the free BlackBerry PlayBook offer, head to http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/playbook_offer.jsp. Related posts: BlackBerry App World is finally here in the Philippines BlackBerry services to be blocked in Dubai RIM unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook RIM offers BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express free of charge BlackBerry 6 to be released soon, are you excited? BlackBerry paid apps...

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RIM unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook

Sep 28, 10 RIM unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted by in Personal Computing, Tech News

Wanting a piece of the tablet market dominated by Apple, Research in Motion (RIM) just unveiled its professional-grade BlackBerry PlayBook at the recent BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 keynote. This BlackBerry tablet is geared towards large organizations and/or people simply looking for a professional tablet solution that’s also fun and functional at the same time. The BlackBerry PlayBook is not as big as the iPad with its 7” high resolution display but it’s not as heavy either. This ultra portable and ultra thin tablet is less than half an inch thick and weighs under a pound. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor that runs the new BlackBerry Tablet OS which supports true symmetric multiprocessing. For mobile browsing, the BlackBerry PlayBook supports Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, Adobe® Mobile AIR® and HTML-5 which allows you to bring the real-web experience anywhere in one portable package. It also has dual HD cameras for HD video recording and/or video conferencing. An HDMI port is also available to easily connect it to an external display. Along with its rich stereo sound, the BlackBerry PlayBook is one multimedia beast that you can easily lug around. Since it is made by RIM, it can also pair with other BlackBerry devices such as your smartphones. With this, you can securely view your email, BBM™, calendar, tasks, documents and other content. You can use both the PlayBook and your BlackBerry smartphone interchangeable without worrying about syncing or duplicating data. This secure integration of BlackBerry tablets and smartphones is a particularly useful feature for those business users who want to leave their laptop behind. Of course, the real question here for most people is the readily available apps for the BlackBerry Tablet OS when the PlayBook becomes available next year. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built upon the QNX® Neutrino® microkernel architecture, one of the most reliable, secure and robust operating system architectures in the world. Developers can register for early access at www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos. BlackBerry PlayBook Specs: 7” LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive...

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