Author Archives: Zach Gilbert
10:12 am on Jan 19, 2012 |
Last night a new Tablet Beta OS, and this morning RIM gives devs a new NDK to start building applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Today RIM is releasing the PlayBook Tablet OS NDK beta 3. The new development kit includes a few new APIs and added libraries to make building for the PlayBook easier.
- A new easy-to-use Add Library Wizard, which is designed to simplify the process of adding library dependencies to a project
- Improved navigation and workflow in the Deployment Setup Wizard
- The ability to filter files out of the BAR package to which helps to exclude unnecessary assets
- Enhancements to the BAR file editor to view localized manifests for each locale
- BPS services can now use channels as chosen by the application for multi-threaded messaging
- Scoreloop social gaming APIs
- A new “Hello Native SDK” tutorial provides a walkthrough of the OpenGL ES 1.1 Application Project template that comes with the QNX® Momentics® IDE
- A new “Displaying a dialog” recipe instructs users how to display dialogs on the screen and handle dialog events
RIM mentioned on the Inside BlackBerry Blog that “As we make our way towards BlackBerry DevCon Europe, we’ll be continuing to evolve our online content to help those using our Native SDK port their existing cross platform C/C++ applications to the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 OS as well as ensure that all developers using each of our development options can be successful on the totally awesome update coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.” So if you haven’t yet, head over to the BlackBerry Jam Zone to start developing your latest application with the new NDK.
10:33 pm on Jan 18, 2012 |
Looks as though RIM is pushing an updated version of the BlackBerry PlayBook developer preview through the BlackBerry Jam Zone. There isn’t much known about the update at this point but it is a fair increase from the last build. If you’re running OS 2.0 on your PlayBook you will have to re-register your device with RIM before the update will be made available. To do so just follow the link below and you’ll be directed to the right place. Let us know what you find in the comments below.
Source : CrackBerry
If you’ve started to grow tired of the last leak for the Bold 9900, version 188.8.131.52, then grab the latest leak that’s hot off the presses. OS version 184.108.40.206 has now leaked onto the web. While we aren’t to sure on what exactly has changed from the last version to this one, but it’s probably worth a download. Hit up the links below and let the fun begin.
**WARNING: This is not an official release for BlackBerry and therefore has not been fully tested and may contain bugs. TheBerryFix.com cannot be held responsible for any issues that may arise ether during or after installation. You are installing the leak by choice. To help the BlackBerry community please don’t forget to post your findings in the comments.
Source : N4BB
3:58 pm on Jan 18, 2012 |
If you’re looking to increase the social aspect of listening to the radio then you’ll want to get your hands on the latest version of Nobex radio for the BlackBerry smartphone. In the latest build, Nobex has given you the ability to connect with the people who matter the most to you, your BBM connects.
On top of having a tight integration with BBM, this version of Nobex also has unimproved UI, added stream types (so more stations can be added), faster connections so you can listen quicker and, a lot more. If you didn’t get a chance to get the premium version while RIM offered it free, then there’s still the free version that features all these new enhancements, and is available in App World today.
Also a few more photos of the new version can be found after the break.
11:00 am on Jan 18, 2012 |
Today we continue our series of posts on QNX software systems, the people behind the BlackBerry PlayBook OS, as you probably already know. In today’s video the QNX team demonstrates their next generation noise cancellation technology that’s already found in cars around the world, but now it’s in route to PlayBook OS 2.0.
During the video they have two people is vehicles equipped with the software. During a phone call they crank up various sounds and effects that demonstrate real world audio distractions. As you’ll see in the video this tech far surpasses that found in any other noise cancellation product (because its much more than just noise cancellation). I just can’t wait to video call on the PlayBook when they implement it in OS 2.0. Check out the video and give me a shout in the comments with your thoughts, good or bad.
10:57 am on Jan 18, 2012 |
While some developers have found a workaround to build themes on BlackBerry 7 devices, they still aren’t allowed to submit those to App World, and there are still many devs who are waiting for an official release. Today, RIM announced via Twitter that they will have full details on developing themes for BB7 on Inside BlackBerry later this month. This announcement couldn’t have come at a better time as many theme developers were feeling left out to dry with the latest BlackBerry operating system.
Now, I’m going to go out on a limb and say there are going to be a few happy developers in the BlackBerry ecosystem later this month. Sound off in the comments with your thoughts.
10:23 am on Jan 18, 2012 |
If your type of thing is paying for such items like coffee via your BlackBerry smartphone. But have yet to find a way to master the art of mobile payments, then you’ll be ecstatic to know that RIM and Turkcell have launched a mobile wallet for the BlackBerry Bold 9900. This is the first news we’ve heard of a true mobile wallet being made available for BlackBerry smartphones, and I’m sure it isn’t the last as we move into the era of BlackBerry OS 7.1. If you’re looking for the full details they can be found via a press release after the break.
First commercially available NFC-based mobile payments for BlackBerry smartphones via MasterCard PayPass™
Waterloo, ON and Istanbul, Turkey - Turkcell and Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the commercial availability of an NFC mobile wallet application, the Turkcell Cep-T Cüzdan, for BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone customers in Turkey.
The power of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 combined with the Turkcell Cep-T Cüzdan application enables Turkcell customers to enjoy making payments in a simple, easy, safe and convenient way by simply tapping their NFC-enabled BlackBerry Bold 9900 against a MasterCard PayPass™ reader in shops, retail outlets, cafes and restaurants across Turkey. In addition, Turkcell customers travelling abroad will also be able make payments in the same way .
5:17 pm on Jan 17, 2012 |
As I continue my adventure through BlackBerry App World finding some of the best looking games for the PlayBook, I’ve come across Reckless Racing HD by Pixelbite. If you’ve ever been a fan of racing games, and driving reckless in general, you’ll want to pick this one up. There are a few game modes in Reckless Racing, one is online, another is computer Vs. human, and the last is a mode that has you racing around finding different items to collect and move to another location.
If you take a minute to watch my run (sad attempt) at Reckless Racing you’ll see why I’ve picked it to review. You can pick the game up in App World for $4.99, which is a slick deal considering the hours of online fun to be had.
12:20 pm on Jan 17, 2012 |
I’m going to be straight up and say it. RIM has done a horrible job of highlighting the success of BlackBerry developers. The thing is it’s not like there aren’t any, BlackBerry devs on average make more money than those on Apple and Android. So when I saw Alex Kinsella from RIM (part of the Developer marketing team) tweet out that RIM has opened a new page on their website for dev success I immediately got to posting.
The new site on BlackBerry.com is there to focus on the success of developers on the BlackBerry platform, and also provide small micro interviews with the developer to see what they did to become successful. Currently RIM has about 5 stories on the site and some cool statistics on how they made the apps and where they’ve seen success. Check out the site and keep going back over the coming weeks as it should be updated on a regular basis. Also if you’re a developer for another platform, this is a must see. Maybe it’ll spark that creative gene and get you hooked on BlackBerry!
11:44 am on Jan 17, 2012 |
Oh, the rumors keep circling RIM like sharks, and the latest rumor comes from BGR’s Jonathan Geller. In this latest rumor Geller goes on to say that his trusted sources have informed him that RIM is looking to sell off part, or all of their company to the best candidate. Apparently, according to the trusted sources, that is Samsung.
While RIM has firmly said that they are not looking to sell the company and believe that BlackBerry 10 and what they have in the pipes will “leap-frog the competition”, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a few rumors from trusted sources that are familiar with the matter make comments. Now looking at the this one in particular, I’m going to have to say it’ll be a cold day in Canada when RIM sells to another company. It’s the Canadian passion, and you heard it from the rumors of the Amazon buyout, RIM isn’t looking to sell the company and I don’t think anything has changed. We’ve reached out to RIM for a comment on this, though they were not immediately available for a comment. Sound off in the comments with your thoughts, curious to read what the BlackBerry Nation has to say about this.
Source : BGR
12:59 pm on Jan 16, 2012 |
It’s nothing new that RIMs next big thing will be the entrance into the automotive market , and we’ve already seen some of the fruits of their labors at this years CES. In this latest video from QNX automotive division you get a more in-depth idea as to just where they want to be, and how they are going to do it. One of the coolest things I found from the video is the way they think notifications from the car should be heard, and i quote “Why not have a voice, if its your rear door open, come from your back seat?”. Having spatial auditory display would eliminate a lot of the headache of checking every door to find out which is open, and it’s kinda techie so I like!
I really can’t wait for the day when I’m surrounded by RIM and BlackBerry everywhere I go, and with QNX that reality is closer than you can ever imagine. Check out the video above, and let us know what BlackBerry features you would insist on having in your next car.
If you where one of the BlackBerry users that have been experiencing issues with App World when you tried to reinstall an application, then good news for you. RIM has pushed version 220.127.116.11 of App World through for update and should be available as a download through your current App World application or via the web at BlackBerry.com/AppWorld.
Remember that updates can take 24hrs to show up on your phone, but if you hit Alt RST then you maybe able to trick the system and get your update sooner.
11:34 am on Jan 16, 2012 |
There used to only be one way to keep contacts on a phone in check and that was with the standard contact list application found on your phone. But the year is 2012 and there are more than a handful of ways to keep those who you communicate with in order, but which is the best?
I’ve decided to pit Xobni and Gist (a newly RIM acquired company) against each other in an attempt to pick a solid winner. Who did I pick? Well, I can’t answer that just yet. But by the end of this article I hope to have established a clear winner. Continue on for the full ins and outs of Gist, and Xobni.
- RIM shows off BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 at CES 2012
- Visa approves the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9790 and Curve 9360/9380 for NFC mobile payments
- Verizon begins rolling out OS 7.1 for the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850
- Quick look: BlackBerry coupon integration in BlackBerry Maps for OS 7.1
- BlackBerry Travel update rolling out via BlackBerry App World
- BBM updated to version 18.104.22.168 – Brings along animated avatars and NFC support
- Press Release: RIM offering demos of the latest BlackBerry 7.1 OS at CES 2012
- OS 7.1 enables FM radio in the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and 9360
- RIM announces the winners in their first ever BBM Protégé contest
- RIM demos the new BlackBerry Bridge features at CES 2012 – Including BlackBerry Remote
- Video: Get a virtual tour of the gigantic BlackBerry booth at CES 2012
3:16 pm on Jan 13, 2012 |
If you’ve updated your BlackBerry messenger application to version 6.1 you’ve probably seen a few animated avatars in the profile pic section. But if you’re like me, then you’ve probably grown tired of those stock avatars. But don’t you worry! We are here to save the day with a quick tip about a website that was sent to us, BBM-animated.com.
BBM-animated.com is a collection of pre made .Gif images (the ones needed to make cool bbm pics) and all you need to do is save them to your berry, and voila you have an animated display pic. So without further adieu, hop on your BlackBerry (install BBM 6.1 if you haven’t) and get some hilarious display pic action going on.