Tag Archives: QNX
10:59 am on Jun 13, 2011 |
Simply connect your BlackBerry PlayBook to the Micro HDMI cable and you’ll be experiencing Full HD 1080 gaming and media sharing. Motorola offers the highest quality HDMI cable to give you the sharpest image possible. The 2 meeter HDMI cable is available from ShopTheBerryFix.com for only $29.99, much lower then the major retailers!
8:38 pm on Jun 11, 2011 |
**Looks like the update is now making its way onto peoples PlayBook. So if you don’t see it yet click the update button in the system settings.
RIM has let us know that they have made an update to the BlackBerry PlayBook available for download. The new Tablet OS includes an update that will fix an issue Adobe had found that effected all devices that are using Flash (I.e computers, cell phones, tablets ect). RIM has said that there are no reports of PlayBook users being effected though they still strongly recommend updating your device.
The OS update should be available now and can be downloaded by selected the update notification found on the home screen. Users can also manually hit the “check for updates” button found in the settings page.
2:20 pm on Jun 10, 2011 |
RIM VP of Product Management, Carlo Chiarello, was quoted recently in regards to QNX coming to the BlackBerry Smartphone. Chiarello said the following:
“That [QNX] experience is going to start to come in to our high tier products. I can’t tell you when; I’m not allowed to. But it’s absolutely part and parcel of what we’re working on now.
“I can tell you that it’s going to come in to the higher tier value propositions first. It’ll probably come into an all-touch first, more than likely… but I can’t tell you timings specifically. But it looks marvelous!”
Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has previously confirmed that QNX would be hitting BlackBerry Smartphones sometime in the future and not only does Chairello’s statement reconfirm this, it also adds another layer. The new QNX OS will most likely launch on an all-touch, slate-style device. Could we see RIM launching a 4″ or maybe even a 4.3″ QNX BlackBerry? Only time will tell. But we have seen what QNX can do on the PlayBook and I know i’m excited for the future of BlackBerry Smartphones with a QNX core.
Source: Berry Review
1:05 pm on Jun 10, 2011 |
If you’ve been waiting for a way to spice up your photos taken from the PlayBook and maybe make some good old’n time looking photos then Smarter Apps has the solution for you. InstaPhoto is available today in BlackBerry App World on the PlayBook and gives you the ability to add a bunch of different effects to photos taken on the PlayBook and then send them off to FaceBook, Twitter or Tumbler. The app runs for $2.99 and considering it has 25 pre set effects and easy to use photo uploading to social sites that’s a steal. A full list of effects can be found after the break, and if your thinking of picking the app up grab the link below and it’ll take you right to App World and share your photos in the forums!.
10:57 am on Jun 10, 2011 |
I was kinda wishing that this announcement would have come a little earlier for those who have been missing out on the awesomeness that is the PlayBook, but i guess now is better than never. RIM has announced they will be offering the PlayBook in 16 additional countries within the next 30days, and they are as follows:
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Hong Kong
Chime off in the comments if you live in one of these countries and plan on picking up a PlayBook next month.
5:15 pm on Jun 9, 2011 |
We all know QNX as the core of the BlackBerry PlayBook Operating System and the soon-to-be core of the BlackBerry Smartphone OS as well. But did you know that the QNX platform powers thousands of other systems besides the BlackBerry? QNX powers everything from slot machines in Vegas to the navigation system in your car. The Telematics Awards just took place and 5 QNX-based systems won awards. These 5 systems include:
- Toyota EnTune
- Hyundai Blue Link
- Audi Connect
- BWM ConnectedDrive
Yes, QNX is the core behind all of these high-tech systems and many more. QNX is a low-power, high-performance system core with many applications. I hope this helps you see how powerful QNX is as a platform. And just think, we have that same power right in the core of our BlackBerry PlayBooks. Soon, we will also have that power built into the core of our BlackBerry Smartphones.
While many are counting BlackBerry out, having QNX as the core of the BlackBerry OS can and will bring BlackBerry to the top of the smartphone and tablet market. Just give RIM a little time to get the OS ready and prepare to be amazed by the next generation fo BlackBerry. You can view all the information on QNX’s awards at Telematics on QNX_Paul’s business blog.
9:52 am on Jun 9, 2011 |
Slowly RIM is starting to bring their native applications to the PlayBook, first it started with FaceBook and now they have introduced their News application. Currently only available in Canada and the US with world-wide rollout expected later this year the news feed app lets you customize the app and follow sources close to you, like TheBerryFix.com!
Of course the app is fully utilizing many of the unique gestures found on the PlayBook like:
- Touching the “News Library” button feeds to easily find and add new feeds
- Using the BlackBerry PlayBook bezel drop-down gesture from the “My News” home screen pulls up the options menu to update content, or edit and delete any subscriptions
- Selecting a subscription provides an abbreviated summary view of articles within that news feed, allowing for quick scanning of content
- Swiping left on the tablet screen turns the page
The application is available in BlackBerry App World on the PlayBook today and it free for all PlayBook owners, couldn’t get better. Grab the link to app world below and make sure you add us to your news feed.
12:57 pm on Jun 8, 2011 |
So I’ve been using BlackBerry and the BlackBerry OS for over 4 years, which equals over 1,460 days of BlackBerry and the BlackBerry operating system and I can say confidently that I love it more today than ever before.
First off I want to say that I am writing this whole article from the BlackBerry PlayBook running RIMs newest creation, the PlayBook Tablet OS, so why not start there. RIM has always been a company of choice, I have the Choice to load my music onto my tablet anyway I want. Whether it’s through their desktop software or just plain old drag and drop, I truly can do it the way I would like. Along with loading the music the way that suits my use case the best, I also have the choice as to uploading any media I create on my PlayBook to the location I want. If I chose YouTube I have no limitations as I have a full flash-enabled browser to upload that file the way I want and when I want, not having to wait for a Wifi connection, I can just Bluetooth tether with any capable smartphone.
9:40 am on Jun 7, 2011 |
Now here’s a nice little update that RIM didn’t mention they included into the latest PlayBook software update, and that is App World app update notifications are now included in the notification bar. So what will happen is when an app you have is available for an update you will now be able to launch that update right from the home screen of your PlayBook and won’t need to go into your apps in App World to get the download.
This definitely is a nice feature but if there is still no push updates for App World then it’s kinda useless, hopefully this update brought that as well.
RIM Acquires Scoreloop – Cross-platform social and collaborative gaming coming to a BlackBerry near you
9:17 am on Jun 7, 2011 |
Well, it seems as though RIM isn’t slowing down with their acquisitions and is now adding Scoreloop to their portfolio. Scoreloop has created some of the best cross-platform social and collaborative gaming toolkits for mobile developers, giving developers a way to have their users connect with each other. With RIM having Scoreloop join the team I’m sure it’s making BlackBerry an attractive development platform.
Head over to Scoreloop.com to get a better idea on how this is an excellent acquisitions for RIM and BlackBerry developers.
Source: Inside BlackBerry
8:44 am on Jun 7, 2011 |
Yesterday there was a lot of speculation as to when we will receive the next update to the PlayBook OS and it looks like RIM has heard our plea and has provided another big update to the Tablet OS. Take a look at the new features along with bug fixes found in os v18.104.22.1685 below.
- Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook — The first Facebook app optimized for tablets now comes preloaded and introduces new features including video uploading, message deletion, Facebook search enhancements and more
- In-App Payments Support — Enables developers to create apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook using the BlackBerry Payment Service, which will allow users to purchase enhancements within apps such as another level in a game or a new edition of a magazine
- Additional Language Support — Updates language support to include: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and UK English
- BlackBerry PlayBook Charging Enhancements — By simply touching the battery indicator on the BlackBerry PlayBook home screen, users can easily adjust the screen brightness or choose to restart, turn off, or put the tablet into standby mode. Other charging improvements include the ability to charge the PlayBook while it is turned off, as well as an on-screen alert to notify users if they accidentally have plugged in an incorrect charger into their BlackBerry PlayBook
- Video Chat Connectivity — Adds support for the TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT) protocol, which enhances Video Chat connections between users on home, public and enterprise Wi-Fi networks
- Wi-Fi Hotspot Detection — Automatic Wi-Fi hotspot detection in the BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 makes it easier to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot (at a coffee shop or an airport, for example)
Just looking at the list you can see there is a lot of work going on with the PlayBook OS and we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. Make sure you download the latest OS over-the-air via your PlayBook tablet, for instructions click here.
- BlackBerry Torch 2 Pre Release Review
- Today we announce the BlackBerry forums at TheBerryFix.com – Sign up today!
- BlackBerry Curve (apollo) caught on video for the first time
- BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 simulator leaked online
- The Twitter client you’ve been waiting for, Blaq, now available for BlackBerry PlayBook
- Another hands-on with the BlackBerry Curve 9360
- Calling all developers: BlackBerry Java SDK 7.0 now in Beta
- FaceBook for BlackBerry V2 (Beta3) now available in BlackBerry Beta Zone
- GelaSkins artwork now available for the BlackBerry PlayBook
- 42% of Canadian Smartphone users pick BlackBerry as their device of choice
- Jabra Freeway Bluetooth Speakerphone Review
- Developing for the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930? Here are some things you should know
- BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Monaco 9850 coming soon to Sprint
BlackBerry School Lessons…
1:30 pm on Jun 3, 2011 |
RIM is set to announce their First Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results On June 16, where they should announce how well the much-anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook sold over the last month and a bit. During this announcement RIM will update their stock holders on how the company is doing providing numbers on their handset division.
Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) will be reporting results for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 on June 16, 2011 after the close of the market. A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-800-814-4859 or by logging on at www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 7 pm by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4445546#. This replay will be available until midnight ET June 30, 2011.
There have been a few rumours that the PlayBook hasn’t been selling as RIM expected but those were immediately squashed by RIM and by some of the major retailers that are offering the PlayBook. I’ll be listing in during the call and I’m hoping they will bring some good news on number of PlayBook units shipped.
11:10 am on Jun 3, 2011 |
With the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 launch just around the corner this is a perfect time for application developers to step into high gear and get their apps ready for the product launch, maximizing sales and user experience on the all new BlackBerry Bold.
But before you hop onto your computer there are a few things you should know about the new device and platform, things like will your existing BlackBerry 6 apps work on the new BlackBerry 7 OS, and what user agents will the browser be using. Lets dive right in and start off with user agents.
User agent for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone:
- Mozilla/5.0 (BlackBerry; U; BlackBerry 9900; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.11+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.0.0 Mobile Safari/534.11+
User agent for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphone:
- Mozilla/5.0 (BlackBerry; U; BlackBerry 9930; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.11+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.0.0 Mobile Safari/534.11+
BlackBerry developers will be able to use their existing BlackBerry WebWorks Apps by recompiling them for BlackBerry 7 and by doing so you’ll be taking advantage of the improved java rendering engine built into the core of BlackBerry 7.
Also when developing for the new devices you’re going to want to take advantage of the extra horsepower that these devices, so knowing what specifications you have under the hood will help you develop the best applications that users use on a daily basis.
- VGA (640 x 480) screen resolution
- 32-bit color (24 bits of color and 8 bits of transparency)
- 1.2 GHz Processor
- 8 GB of onboard memory, with microSD support for up to 32GB
- 4G networks; the 9900 supports HSPA+ connectivity, and the 9930 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA+ global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks.
- Dedicated 3D OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 and dedicated 2D OpenVG 1.1 graphics hardware (41 million triangles/sec, 245 million 3D pixels/sec)
- NFC (Near Field Communications), enabling reading and emulating of virtual tags for data transfer and creation of rich solutions for payment and m-commerce.
- Magnetometer / Digital Compass, enabling augmented reality and advanced mapping solutions
- 5 MP camera with support for 720p HD video recording and playback
- Support for additional HTML5 elements, such as HTML5 Video
RIM made a lot of tools available to the developer community giving you the upper hand when building for the new devices. You can get more information on developing for the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry 7 at the BlackBerry 7 Developer Page. Developing for BlackBerry 7? Send us an email to have your application featured when the Bold 9900 launches.
10:01 am on Jun 2, 2011 |
We always show how RIM is doing in the US and abroad but the message never gets through the wire on how the BlackBerry brand is doing in Canada, and I think RIM needs to do a better job at helping Canadians realize this is the device they pick and sign a 3yr agreement for again and again.
According to ComScore’s latest survey on the Canadian smartphone usage the team up in Waterloo, Ontario has claimed 42% of the pie with apple slightly behind sitting at 31%. Now some people may e saying that this is due to RIM being a Canadian company helping them on the home field I would say that is an unfair statement because RIM is just as much Canadian as they are a World wide company, and It’s not due to carrier plan pricing as it’s the same across all devices.
I honestly don’t have an exact reason on why BlackBerry is succeeding so well in Canada I really don’t. I could say it’s because I feel the BlackBerry is the best smartphone out there, that’s just an opinion and not a hard fact on why these numbers sit at where they are. So I’m just going to leave it at that, BlackBerry has 42% of the Canadian market and that’s that.