BlackBerry has released major updates to both Twitter and Facebook for BlackBerry 10. these updates bring some great new features to both applications, while adding bug fixes and enhancing app performance. The changes include the following:
- Friends Nearby – Facebook 10.0.1 allows you to discover if your Facebook friends are nearby. You’ll be able to see when they’ve checked in on Facebook to a location that’s close to where you are.
- Photo Updates – There are new ways of interacting with your Facebook photos. With Facebook 10.0.1, you can now easily add photo tags to a photo you’re uploading within the Facebook application. Plus if you like that photo or funny picture your friend just shared on Facebook, you now have the ability save Facebook photos locally on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
- Events – Facebook 10.0.1 makes it even easier to plan and keep track of your events. You can now view and respond to events, invite your friends to attend, create and view posts on the event wall, post photos, and even tag guests.
- Sharing – Facebook 10.0.1 makes it easier than ever to share what matters to you with all of your contacts. Using the BlackBerry 10 share framework, you can now easily share links from your Facebook newsfeed to BBM™, email, SMS, Facebook Twitter, LinkedIn, and others.
- Your Connect Tab – Twitter 10.0.2 allows you to view all interactions in one place, including new follows, favorites and mentions.
- Enjoy More Content – Take a look at photos, article summaries and other updates within your Tweets.
- Added Perspective – The latest Twitter version allows you to see the number of times a Tweet has been favorited.
11:00 am on Mar 28, 2013 |
This morning, BlackBerry has reported their Q4 and year ending fiscal results for fiscal year 2013. They weren’t good results; however, they were certainly better than many were expecting. BlackBerry was able to turn a profit of $94 Million this quarter, much better than previous quarters but still not full recovery. BlackBerry shipped about 6 Million devices in Q4, with about 1 Million of those being BlackBerry 10 phones. The worst news of all is the subscriber base, which has fallen from 79 Million last quarter, to just 76 Million this time around. Hopefully the release and adoption of BlackBerry 10 can turn all these numbers around, especially the falling subscriber figure. Here are the highlights of the Q4 earnings report, with the full earnings release following past the break.
Other highlights from the Q4 results:
- Revenue of $2.7 billion
- GAAP income from continuing operations of $94 million, or $0.18 per share diluted
- Adjusted income from continuing operations of $114 million, or $0.22 per share diluted
- Shipments of 6 million smartphones, including approximately 1 million BlackBerry 10 units
- Subscriber base of approximately 76 million
- Cash flow from operations of $219 million, cash and investments balance of $2.9 billion
“It was a year for change and we delivered significant positive change,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO.
- With only a few weeks of availability, and in only a couple of countries, BlackBerry 10 made a strong entry into the high end of these markets with approximately 1 million BlackBerry 10 units.
- Today, our launch is accelerating: 223 carrier technical acceptances have been completed, and over 60 carriers are now launched across 40 countries with more than 30 countries to come.
- For the BlackBerry Q10, our first Lab Entry was achieved in late February, and Q10 is now testing with over 40 carriers in 20 countries. As mentioned at our launch in January, availability of Q10 will commence in April.
10:46 am on Mar 28, 2013 |
Verizon Wireless has released the BlackBerry Z10 today. This makes them the last and final US carrier to release BlackBerry 10. Verizon is selling both the black and white models of the Z10, making them the only US carrier offering both color choices. You can grab the Z10 from your local Verizon store, online at VerizonWireless.com, Best Buy retail locations, or BestBuy.com. It’ll run you $199.99 with a 2-year contract or $599 with no contract. If you’re a BlackBerry fan in America, now is the time to get your new Z10, with availability on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.
2:12 pm on Mar 27, 2013 |
It’s another BlackBerry App Wednesday, and this one is especially exciting for BlackBerry fans in the USA! Since BlackBerry 10 and the Z10 is now available on AT&T and T-Mobile, with Verizon availability coming tomorrow, our US readers can finally enjoy App Wednesday. This week’s selections are focused heavily on some of the new News and Lifestyle apps that have recently come to BlackBerry 10, including the Wall Street Journal and Pageonce. Check out the full list of this week’s BlackBerry 10 App Wednesday selections past the break.
BlackBerry fans in America have another reason to be excited today. The BlackBerry Z10 has now officially launched on T-Mobile. This means that BlackBerry fans can now get their fix on either AT&T or T-Mobile, with Verizon availability coming this Thursday, March 28th. The T-Mobile Z10 is available beginning today in stores or online at T-Mobile.com. The Z10 will run you $531.99 on a T-Mobile contract. You can choose to pay the full price at purchase, or you can pay $99 at purchase then $18 per month for 24 months. Grab yours at the link below or in your local store.
9:44 am on Mar 26, 2013 |
Big news for BlackBerry fans who also love their television entertainment. BlackBerry has just announced a major deal with multiple content partners to bring new television content into BlackBerry World. The partnership is between BlackBerry and these content distributors: PBS, Univision and Viacom. The new content will include favorites like COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS’s Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey series and Spanish telenovelas. Follow on past the break for the full Press Release with more information on these partnerships.
eBay has long been a mainstay on BlackBerry OS. With BlackBerry being one of the first major smartphone platforms, and eBay being one of the first online marketplaces, this partnership only makes sense. Now, the availability of easy eBay shopping on the BlackBerry continues with the release of the eBay shopping app for BlackBerry 10. You can grab the free download from BlackBerry World at the link below, or head on past the break for information on all the awesome features in the eBay app for BlackBerry 10.
9:31 am on Mar 25, 2013 |
Now that the BlackBerry Z10 has officially launched around the world, it’s time for Q10 launch date rumors and pre-order information to start surfacing. We’ve seen pre-orders go live at UK retailers Clove and Unlocked-Mobiles, with the launch date listed as April 26th, and now UK cellphone dealer, Carphone Warehouse, has added to the list. They are listing the Q10 on their website as “coming soon” and they even have a whole page devoted to the specs and features of this upcoming device. If you’re looking to pre-order, they also have a space where you can sign up to be notified when pre-orders and availability are officially announced. Check it all out at the link below.
Source : Crackberry
BlackBerry and Zimbalam to Bring Digital Music Distribution Service for Independent Artists and Labels
2:50 pm on Mar 22, 2013 |
BlackBerry has announced a new partnership today with Zimbalam. This partnership is to help enhance BlackBerry’s music offerings by bringing independent artists and labels to BlackBerry World. Independent artists are welcome to submit their music to Zimbalam for inclusion in their catalog. Check out the Press Release, starting below and continuing past the break, for all the details of this awesome partnership and what it means for BlackBerry users.
BlackBerry and Zimbalam to Bring Digital Music Distribution Service for Independent Artists and Labels to BlackBerry 10
Waterloo, ON, March 22, 2013 – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) and Zimbalam, a leading global digital music distributor for developing and independent artists, announced today that they are working together to offer unsigned musicians an easy and efficient way to bring their music content to the BlackBerry® World™ storefront.
As you should know by now, the BlackBerry Z10 is now available in America. AT&T is the first US carrier to launch. The Z10 is available at AT&T stores, AT&T.com, Best Buy online and retail locations, and Amazon.com. The AT&T Z10 is available for $199 with a 2-year contract or $699 contract-free. AT&T only offers the black version of the Z10.
Verizon and T-Mobile will also be launching the Z10 this coming week. Verizon launches both the black and white model for $199 on March 28th. T-Mobile’s launch is slated for March 26th, presumably for the same price as on the other carriers. Be sure to let us know in the comments which carrier you’re on and when you plan to grab your Z10!
9:13 am on Mar 22, 2013 |
BlackBerry fans in the USA, now is your time to rise up. Our platform is in desperate need of a US revitalization. People in this country are wrapped up in their iPhones and Androids, all the while remembering the pain of BlackBerry OS 5, 6, & 7. Now, a revolution has arrived on US shores in the form of the BlackBerry Z10. It launched this morning at 12:01 AM EST, with AT&T being the first carrier on board. Verizon and T-Mobile will be debuting the Z10 in the coming week.
This is the time for us to stand up and let people know that BlackBerry is alive and well with BlackBerry 10, and that the spinning wheel and laggy experience died with BlackBerry OS 7! We’ve got to get out and show off the entirely new experience of BlackBerry 10 on the Z10. As BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins put it, “Go out and sell like Hell!” If we want BlackBerry to survive, it starts here and now for us. Go grab your new Z10 this week and sell the platform back to those that gave it up!
Amazon has finally released the long awaited Kindle Reader app for BlackBerry 10. This is a huge addition to the app catalog for BlackBerry, bringing one of the world’s most widely used e-reading solutions to their customers. It’s also another compelling reason for iOS and Android users to give BB10 a try. The Kindle app is one of over 100,000 BlackBerry 10 apps that are now available in BlackBerry World. The Kindle app for BB10 brings all the Kindle reading features that users love in the iOS and Android apps, including:
- Personalization – Adjust the text size, change the screen’s brightness, choose your background color, and read in either portrait or landscape mode.
- Look Up Words – Tap and hold any word in a book to view the word’s definition with the built-in dictionary or use the Google or Wikipedia links to get more information.
- Sample Books Before Buying – Easily shop for ebooks and read the first chapter for free before you decide to buy.
- Bi-Lingual – Kindle is available in English and French.
The Amazon Kindle app is available for free in BlackBerry World. But remember, it could take up to 24 hours for all users to see this app in BB World, so if you don’t see it yet, keep checking. Hit the link below to see if it’s available for you yet.
There have been many fans of BlackBerry Travel who have been asking when it would launch for BlackBerry 10. We never got a solid answer from them, until today. BlackBerry Travel has officially launched for BlackBerry 10. The BB10 version of the app has all the features users have come to know and love in the original version, plus some new additions. The new features for BlackBerry 10 include:
- Trip Status Sharing – Post your trip updates on BBM, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. With Trip Status Sharing, you can keep your friends and colleagues up-to-date on your travel adventures immediately as they unfold.
- Flight Status Sharing – Share this information with your colleagues, friends and social networks. If your flight is delayed, cancelled or changed terminals, you can easily and quickly inform others and make sure they know when and where to pick you up from the airport.
- Price Alerts, Change Offers and Upgrades – This service with BlackBerry Travel helps ensure you are always getting the best hotel deal. It automatically notifies you if there’s a better price for the hotel room you booked, a comparable hotel for a cheaper price, or if there’s a much better hotel for slightly more. In many cases, you can cancel your original booking without penalty and re-book the better deal through BlackBerry Travel.
- BlackBerry ID – With BlackBerry ID, you’ll never have to login to BlackBerry Travel again. You’ll have instant access to all of its features as soon as you launch the app. Even on your first time using BlackBerry Travel, BlackBerry ID will automatically fill in the registration form for you.
BlackBerry Travel for BB10 will be rolling out across servers over the next 24 hours, so be sure to check back if you don’t see it yet. It’s available for free from BlackBerry World, just click the link below to grab the download.
10:45 am on Mar 21, 2013 |
We know all about the BlackBerry Z10, with its imminent release tomorrow in the US, but what about its QWERTY-equipped brother, the Q10? We had heard from BlackBerry that the release of the Q10 would come in the months following the Z10 release, but were never told what month. That is, until now. UK retailers Clove and Unlocked-Mobiles are both offering the Q10 for pre-order, with shipping and release currently pegged for April 26th.
These two carriers offer SIM-free, basically contract-free phones, for sale in the UK. The pre-order price is around $800 for the Q10, which is about what you can expect for a SIM-free device. There’s no official guarantee that this device will launch on April 26th, but it would make sense. First, the Z10 initially launched in the UK, so the Q10 may well follow those footsteps. Next, BlackBerry desperately needs to get this handset out and make some sales. The Z10 is selling well, but the Q10 could boost sales even more.
We’ll let you know when we hear something a little more official, but in the meantime, check out the Q10 ore-order sites linked below.
Source : Crackberry
Today is a big day for BlackBerry World and BlackBerry 10 apps. Earlier, we had the announcement that BlackBerry World now houses over 100,000 app for BlackBerry 10. Now, we have the arrival of OpenTable in BlackBerry World. This is a reservations application with access to tables at over 27,000 restaurants. You can not only make reservations, but you can see ratings, reviews, and menus right from your BlackBerry 10 device. here is the feature list for OpenTable:
- FIND restaurants nearest to your current location & see real-time table availability.
- SEARCH by restaurant name
- REFINE results by cuisine, price, reservation time.
- RESERVE your table free
- EARN Bonus 1,000 points on eligible dining times
The app is free and making reservations is completely free, as well. You can grab it at the link below in BlackBerry World. It may take up to 24 hours for the app to show up, so clicking the link may not show the BlackBerry 10 version for you yet.