Archive for: Blackberry

RIM Offering $100 Pre-Paid Gift Card To PlayBook Buyers.

  • September 7, 2011 5:42 pm

Apparently it pays to be a RIM/BlackBerry fan. After several previous discounted programs by various companies for RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook comes another new offer directly from RIM — a $100 gift card to new PlayBook buyers who are also current BlackBerry smartphone owners. The promotion runs through September 22nd and is limited to one PlayBook per person or three PlayBooks per household (pretty generous if you ask us). If you’re not a resident of the U.S. or Canada you’re out of luck. Sorry, folks.

While it isn’t free, it is a decent discount nonetheless. Worth pursuing?

RIM Sponsoring 50 Android Developer Meetups.

  • September 7, 2011 2:01 pm

RIM’s QNX-powered PlayBook tablet lacks a lot of native/dedicated apps for a number of popular services. On top of that, RIM’s promise to bring a native Android app player have gone unanswered thus far. Things are progessing, albeit slowly. Hopefully the ~50 new Android Player developer events being set up on result in some actual visual, tangible progress. As of writing there are 10,256 attendees across 36 already scheduled meetups.

Android Player for BlackBerry PlayBook is supporting 50 Meetups across the country to get the word out about converting your Android App to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS and host it in BlackBerry World. They’re thrilled to have your Meetup participating in this program! In addition to having a local Blackberry rep come visit your Meetup, they’re making a financial investment in your Meetup Group over the next 3 months to help your Organizer make it even better!

We’re not going to lie. We’re not too fond of RIM’s Android Player idea. Granted, the idea of being able to tap into the vast supply of Android apps is intriguing. Though that doesn’t take into account the fact that Android itself lacks a healthy suite of tablet-specific apps (though that is also changing by the day, and more quickly at that). We’d rather see RIM get devs on board with QNX so that we don’t have to deal with these emulated Android environments. But hey, at this point we’d just like to see RIM handedly succeed at anything.

Are you an Android/QNX developer who will be attending one of the 50 Android Player meetups? Let us know your experience!

BlackBerry PlayBook BBM App Appears On RIM’s Website.

  • September 6, 2011 9:17 pm

One of the PlayBook’s glaring holes is the lack of dedicated BlackBerry Messenger support, instead relying on the company’s BlackBerry Bridge software to get mobile messaging done. A dedicated BBM app has been promised for many months now, although nothing has come to fruition just yet. But a slip up on could be sign of things to (soon) come.

The screenshot above shows an ad that was live on earlier today that has since been removed. The scandalous content pertains to the BBM app displayed on the PlayBook’s screen whose “dedicated” status is made more official thanks to the “uninstall” button located on the same screen. If this were a screenshot of BBM via BlackBerry Bridge there wouldn’t be an “install/uninstall” button.

This could be RIM slipping up and giving us a sneak peak of what’s coming (we already know it is). Also likely is that someone in the marketing department tried their hand at Photoshop. As we’ve seen many times across the tech world, Photoshop failures are frequent.

Stay tuned…

Verizon Officially Outs BlackBerry 9850. Coming September 8th For $199.

  • September 6, 2011 2:16 pm

Verizon’s BlackBerry Torch 9850 is now official! The same single-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM found in it’s non-sliding 9900 cousin are present as are a much larger 3.7″ 800 x 480 display. Other perks include 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, WiFi b/g/n, a 16 GB microSD card pre-installed and BlackBerry OS 7. Online sales go live September 8th for $200 with a new 2-year contract while in-store sales will commence a week later.

Any takers?

The Digital Cancer Continues: Lodsys Moves On To BlackBerry Developers.

  • August 31, 2011 11:47 am

No body’s favorite patent troll, Lodsys, continues to resist mounting pressure from developers and large corporations alike over their lawsuits targeting app developers using in-app purchasing features. Today the company made new strides in filing their first official lawsuit against the BlackBerry platform. The unlucky developer, Yissachar Radcliffe of Rotten Ogre, is being sued over in-app purchasing in his “Lonely Turret” BlackBerry PlayBook game. The real kicker that shows just how desperate Lodsys is, however, comes by the fact that “Lonely Turret” doesn’t even have native in-app purchasing — the lawsuit focus on a simple link to BlackBerry App World where users can purchase the Turret upgrade.

Suing over intellectual property you do nothing with but sit on and sue people who actually innovate/create is bad enough. Interpreting it as broadly as Lodsys now appears to be should be considered illegal.

RIM has yet to officially respond to the claims made against Radcliffe. Though when they do, we hope it’s with plenty of spite directed at Lodsys. With that said, we also hope RIM lends a few of their own lawyers to the cause. Radcliffe has already said that even a few hours worth of consultation with a couple lawyers will wipe out all of his profits from Lonely Turret.

Stay tuned…

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Images Leak Out!

  • August 26, 2011 6:35 am

RIM’s floudering PlayBook tablet is constantly updated with minor maintenance updates, but they need something bigger. Introducing: PlayBook OS/QNX 2.0. The images after the break give a quick glimpse into what RIM’s next major update for the PlayBook’s QNX-powered OS will look like (spoiler: pretty much identical).

Rumor: RIM Pushing Out Native BBM And Email PlayBook Apps In September.

  • August 25, 2011 12:19 pm

Two of current/potential PlayBook owners’ biggest requests — native email and BlackBerry Messenger support — is finally coming in September. At least, that’s what the current rumor coming from Bloomberg is reporting. Apparently, the source of this latest rumor is the same one that mentioned the possibility of QNX phones getting the same Android app support the PlayBook features…well, will feature once RIM releases the Android app player.

Since April, the story behind the severe delay in native apps for email, BBM and more has centered around RIM’s BIS/BES setup. Currently it is impossible for an account to be split across two pins (as each BlackBerry device requiring its own pin). Because this is the core backbone of how BlackBerry operates, we can understand the obstacles that have to be overcome. Still, the fact of the matter is RIM rushed out an unfinished product and it shows. Here’s to hoping Bloomberg’s source comes out on top.

RIM Launches Socially Powered BBM Music.

  • August 25, 2011 9:07 am

If your head was already spinning from the growing number of streaming radio/music services currently on the market, sit down and take a load off. RIM is getting in the game too with BBM Music…

Review: Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9930

  • August 25, 2011 7:02 am

Oh RIM! How far you have fallen. What was once your strongest and most exclusive features — simple, fast, reliable email and communications — have now become common and less of focus. Your hardware has become nothing more than minor refresh after minor refresh in an age of major advancements every 2-4 months. What on earth do you have to show?

Today we’re got the BlackBerry Bold 9930 on Verizon Wireless. And before we dive in we’ll say that we are tingling with the old CrackBerry fanboism that perculated throughout our body 2-3 years back. There’s a lot to love (and many things to still hate) about OS 7. The hardware itself has some quirks too. But you’ll have to jump inside to see where the Bold 9930 shines…and falters…