BlackBerry PlayBook updated

Not that long ago we received an update for the BlackBerry Bridge, and history has told us that once the Bridge is updated, the PlayBook follows suit. Its not the 2.0 update we are all anxiously waiting for, but it fixes many bugs, including a security issue with Adobe Flash.

Its nice to see the change logs that are coming with most of this updates and its nice to see that RIM is still fixing bugs and giving us updates, and not making us wait until February for the next update. Anyway, here is what the new OS addresses:

The BlackBerry PlayBook OS v1.0.8.4985 contains the following fixes and updates:

  • Updated version of Adobe® Flash® Player version 11.1 and Adobe AIR® 3.1
  • Daylight savings time updates for time zones in the regions of Latin America, Australia and Central America
  • Updated Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® software to help to improve connectivity
  • Fixed issues some users were experiencing with account payments in the BlackBerry App World™ storefront
  • Improved synching when restoring applications with BlackBerry Desktop Software

This update also includes a security update for Adobe Flash Player, as noted in Adobe Security BulletinAPSB-11-28, which addresses issues that can potentially affect any PC, tablet, or other device with an operating system that supports Adobe Flash. While there are no known reports of any BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users being affected by these Adobe Flash Player issues, we (as always) encourage all BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users to update to the newest version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS.

If you haven’t yet, go download it and enjoy! And if you notice something that wasn’t listed feel free to let us know in the comments.

 

Source:http://blogs.blackberry.com/2011/11/blackberry-playbook-os-update/

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Thank you gifts from RIM

We all remember the outage that happened a little while ago. RIM has decided to make it up to us by allowing users to get apps that normally cost money for free. Personally I didn’t feel that RIM had to do anything like this at all. Outages happen and have happened to many other companies, but it says a lot about RIM that they have done this for their users.

Here is the list of all the apps so far, and there will be more added from now to the end of the year. They will continue to give away all of these apps thru 12/31/11.

Shazam Encore -Normally 5.99

Thank you for choosing and supporting BlackBerry®. In appreciation, Shazam Encore is free of charge for a limited time (a $5.99 USD value), compliments of BlackBerry.

Take the ultimate music journey with our premium app - Encore.

• Identify what song is playing (unlimited Tags*)
• Buy the track
• Share Tags by text, email, Twitter or Facebook
• Read track and album reviews
• See what’s hot with Shazam’s Tag Chart
• Watch YouTube videos
• Search music by artist, track and lyrics
• View lyrics**
• Discover new music using Recommendations 

Unlimited Tags and Recommendations are exclusive to Encore.

* Subject to fair usage policy
** North America only

DriveSafe.ly Pro – Normally 19.99

Thank you for choosing and supporting BlackBerry®. In appreciation, DriveSafe.ly Pro is free of charge for a limited time (a $19.99 USD value), compliments of BlackBerry.

* #1 MOBILE APP AGAINST DISTRACTED DRIVING
*OVER 12 MIL USERS, 600 MIL POTENTIAL DISTRACTED DRIVING INCIDENTS PREVENTED
*FEATURED ON CNN, CNET, ABC, FOX, TECHCRUNCH, CRACKBERRY & MORE

DriveSafe.ly 2.0 speaks txt (SMS) and email messages aloud so you can
concentrate on the road. Eliminate temptation to drive distracted-let
DriveSafe.ly read txts (texts) and respond by voice with Pro.

DriveSafe.ly 2.0 Pro lets you chat by sending text responses by voice and
use voice commands like: repeat message, or call back sender. Drive safe
listening to messages without texting while driving or reading emails in
car. Drive - respond by voice, hands-free. DriveSafe.ly stops texting while
driving (TWD).

-Play incoming txt (text) SMS/email messages
-Play messages on demand
-Customize length of message read out loud up to unlimited words (default to
20 words)
-App does not slow down your phone
-Customizable auto-response and timeout duration
-Respond to texts by voice (email voice response not supported)
-Text to Speech and voice recognition powered by www.iSpeech.org Mobile TTS,
ASR API for Developers
-7.0 support and now support all Countries
-Support for the following languages

US English Female,US English Male,UK English Female,UK English Male,AU
English Female,Latin Spanish Female,Latin Spanish Male,Chinese
Female,Chinese Male,HK Cantonese Female,Taiwan Chinese Female,Japanese
Female,Japanese Male,Korean Female,Korean Male,Hungarian Female,BR
Portuguese Female,EU Portuguese Female,EU Portuguese Male,EU Spanish
Female,EU Spanish Male,EU Catalan Female,EU Czech Female,EU Danish Female,EU
Finnish Female,EU French Female,EU French Male,EU Norwegian Female,EU Dutch
Female,EU Dutch Male,EU Polish Female,EU Italian Female,EU Italian Male,EU
Turkish Female,EU Turkish Male,EU German Female,EU German Male,Russian
Female,Russian Male,Swedish Female,CA French Female,CA French Male

How to use DriveSafe.ly:

1. Download DriveSafe.ly from BlackBerry App World or www.DriveSafe.ly from
your BlackBerry Browser
2. Install and Run. REBOOT IF PROMPTED.
3. In your Downloads or Applications folder, click on the DriveSafe.ly icon
DriveSafe.ly will launch
4. Agree to DriveSafe.ly TOS after reading, and if you agree
5. DriveSafe.ly is now on and will read your text and emails when they
arrive
6. To turn off DriveSafe.ly, click the On button, which will change to "Off"
7. Adjust settings by clicking on "Settings"

Vlingo Virtual Assistant – Normally 19.99

Thank you for choosing and supporting BlackBerry®. In appreciation, Vlingo - Virtual Assistant is free of charge for a limited time (a $19.99 USD value), compliments of BlackBerry.

Vlingo is your very own Virtual Assistant. Simply speak to Vlingo and it will help you do more stuff, faster and easier than before.  Try saying "Text John; What's up?" or "find italian restaurants" or even "update Facebook; I'm on a boat!"  Download to learn everything Vlingo can do for you.

“Vlingo will do whatever you've told it to do” - Wall Street Journal
"Vlingo adds Jedi-like levels of mind tricks" - CNET
"Vlingo is dope." - MC Hammer

Nobex Radio Premium – Normally 9.99

Thank you for choosing and supporting BlackBerry®. In appreciation, Nobex Radio Premium is free of charge for a limited time (a $9.99 USD value), compliments of BlackBerry.

Never miss your favorite radio programs again!

With the premium version of Nobex Radio you will instantly be able to:

Listen to premium, international content from over 16,000 stations in more than 100 countries around the world. Streaming is done either over WiFi, or through the carrier's network. If you have problems streaming, send us an email to support@nobexinc.com and we'll guide you how to set up the connection to the carrier network.

Share what you are listening to with your friends through the new BBM integration, Facebook or Twitter!

Personalize Nobex Radio with your own pictures.

Get access to the “My Account” page which keeps track of the last songs you requested.

See the playlist of over 3,000 radio stations. 

Additional features include:

Get Songs with a single click, right from your mobile device. Or, receive an email with links to buy the song on your PC, so you can always keep your music collection fresh!

Run Nobex Radio on sleep timer - choose anywhere between 15 minutes to 2 hours

Watch YouTube videos of your favorite songs

Nobex Radio: Never miss your favorite radio program again!

Photo Editor Ultimate – Normally 1.99

Thank you for choosing and supporting BlackBerry®. In appreciation,  Photo Editor Ultimate is free of charge for a limited time (a $1.99 USD value), compliments of BlackBerry.

Photo Editor Ultimate is the ultimate photo editor for your BlackBerry®! You can edit your images easily and send them to all your friends. A menu item will be shown when you use the file explorer and select images, which makes it easy to start editing.

Features:
- Load an image from the menu item in the BlackBerry® file viewer or use the application to load one.
- Rotate (set rotating angle) and/or flip (horizontal, vertical, diagonal)
- Resize (set width, height, get the size of the image)
- Crop (draw a rectangular to which the image will be cropped)
- Change the brightness, contrast and/or gamma
- Apply manual color filters (change Alpha/Red/Green/Blue and/or Hue/Saturation/Luminosity values)
- Color filters: Alien, Black& White, Channel mix, Color filter, Exposure, Gain, Gamma RGB, Gray tint, Gray scale, Infrared, Invert (negative), Map, Mask, Posterize, Quantize, Random, Rescale, Retro, Sepia, Solarize, Swap, Threshold, Transparency, Tritone
- Effects: Border, Bulge, Circle, Diffuse, Dissolve, Edge detect, Emboss, Emboss color, Fisheye, Frei-Chen edge, Gaussian blur, Jitter, Kaleidoscope, Marble, Mean removal, Mirror, Noise, Offset, Pinch, Polar, Pixelate, Prewitt edge, Reflection, Ripple, Sharpen, Smoothen, Sphere, Swim, Tile, Tilt-shift, Time-warp, Tint, Twirl, Water, Wave
- Add text using our online font database *
- Add clipart *
- Overlay a second image *
- Combine two images horizontal, vertical, diagonal, intertwine (enable/disable borders) or create a photo booth
- Paint on the image **
- Apply an effect to part of the image: Bulge, Twirl, Wave, Jitter, Pixelate
- Partly color **
- Cloning tool, draw with one brush which draws what another arc is moving over **
- Save the image to the memory or sdcard using a save file dialog, overwrite the loaded image, save to the pictures folder or save as wallpaper (fill/fit)
- Send the image by email as an attachment
- Upload to TwitPic, Imgur, Tumblr, Glowfoto, ImageShack, your own server with POST (copies url to clipboard)
- Preview the image (zooming supported)
- Change the settings of the application: change image quality, change filename format, enable/disable popup on closing and change maximum width and height of a loaded image

* resize, transparency, color filters, effects, contrast, brightness, gamma, manual color filter, rotate, flip
** change brush size, transparency and/or movement

Frequently asked questions:

How do I start it?
You can use the homescreen icon or you can use the BlackBerry® file viewer, select an image and use the BlackBerry® menu button to select the Photo Editor Ultimate menu item.

I get a null error when I try to open a picture?
Go to the options page of your device and set all permissions for this application to allow.

Will it use my internet connection?
Yes, when you use the clipart option or the text option, data will be downloaded through your available internet connection.

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Here are all the games available compliments of RIM

 – Bubble Bash 2

 – Bejewled

 – Sims 3

 – Sim City Deluxe

As more apps come out, we will update this post. Enjoy all the free goodness.

 

Source: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/

 

Native Calender, Contacts, Email on the PlayBook

Last week RIM had a BlackBerry Innovation Forum and during the Forum, RIM showed off the native PIM apps that we have been waiting for since the release of the PlayBook. They seem to be looking ready for launch, and February cannot come soon enough. Here are some pics to whet your appetite.

The email client:

From the looks of it, the email client looks great. Very similar to what we already have on our beloved phones. Great job.

The contacts client:

The contact client is powered by Gist. If you have Gist on your BlackBerry you are going to notice a very similar experience, and there is nothing wrong with that.

The calendar client:

The calender client looks pretty straight forward. One cool feature is that if you have a particularly busy day or week, the date is enlarged. A nice touch if you ask me.

February just can’t come soon enough. The features that are going to be added are going to put the PlayBook up there with the big boys. The media will have very little to complain about and a whole lot to praise. 2012 is going to be a big year for RIM.

Source:http://www.blackberrycool.com/2011/11/22/blackberry-playbook-native-email-contacts-and-calendar-screenshots-and-details/

 

Happy Thanksgiving from BlackBerry Today!

We want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with laughter, love, and everyone who makes your life special. Eat well and rest up, that way you can go out and get all the Blackberries and BlackBerry accessories that will be on sale on Black Friday.

And to bring in the Christmas holiday season our friends at crackberry.com have come up with a BlackBerry version of Jingle Bells. Here it is…

CrackBerry Jingle Bells

 Dashing through the snow
In a BlackBerry 7 sleigh

O’er the BES they go
encrypted all the way
3 Bells on phone calls ring
Make my led bright
What fun it is to email, ping
And tweet ‘til late at night

Oh, jingle bells, Android smells
webOS go away
iPhone Yuck and Windows Phones suck
BlackBerry all the way, hey!
Oh, jingle bells, Android smells
webOS go away
iPhone Yuck and Windows Phones suck
BlackBerry all the way, hey!

 A day or two ago

My friend gave me a ride
for GPS he had
and iPhone by his side
the battery life was rank
and Siri’s directions sucked
We got into a drifted bank
and he knew he we were f*ck’n stuck!

Oh, jingle bells, Android smells
webOS go away
iPhone Yuck and Windows Phones suck
BlackBerry all the way, hey!
Oh, jingle bells, Android smells
webOS go away
iPhone Yuck and Windows Phones suck
BlackBerry all the way, hey!

Every day or so,
Someone feels compelled
To tell me to switch phones
I respond with “Go to Hell!”
Some guy was walking by
In some Windows Tango craze,
I laughed and hit him with my PlayBook,
in an OtterBox, just in case.

Oh, jingle bells, Android smells
webOS go away
iPhone Yuck and Windows Phones suck
BlackBerry all the way, hey!
Oh, jingle bells, Android smells
webOS go away
iPhone Yuck and Windows Phones suck
BlackBerry all the way, hey!

Kevin love his BlackBerrys white
His hopes for BBX are strong,
Hit the Apple Store tonight
and sing this fanboy song;
For the top stories today
The next two lines take heed
There’s way too many sites out there
but CrackBerry takes the lead!

Oh, jingle bells, Android smells
webOS go away
iPhone Yuck and Windows Phones suck
BlackBerry all the way, hey!
Oh, jingle bells, Android smells
webOS go away
iPhone Yuck and Windows Phones suck
BlackBerry all the way, hey!

Source: http://crackberry.com/crackberry-christmas-carol-jingle-bells-android-smells

White 9900 coming to T-Mobile? (Updated!)

Something about white Bolds has always just worked for me, but oddly enough, I’ve never owned one. My wife had a white 9700 for T-Mobile and it looks like they are going to be the 1st American carrier to carry a white Bold 9900. I still think that the pricing is a little high, but they will still have a sexy phone.

As a Sprint user, I hope they are paying attention and offer a white 9930. I don’t think that Sprint or Verizon has ever had a white Bold, and hopefully they change that trend.

So, who’s going to pick up a white 9900?

Source: http://crackberry.com/white-blackberry-bold-9900-coming-t-mobile-299-two-year-contract

Here is some close up and higher res pics of the white 9900:

Technically its not for T-Mobile, but it does give us a close up look at what the beauty is going to look like. The accessories are white too. To see more pics, check out the source.

 

Source: http://www.blackberrycool.com/2011/11/25/white-blackberry-bold-9900-coming-soon-to-rogers/

BlackBerry Playbook, THE tablet of this holiday season?

Retailers have slashed prices on the PlayBook. They are roughly $300 off almost everywhere. This could be a very good thing for RIM. No other tablet at that price point can offer all that the PlayBook can offer. We know what it has and what it can do, and with the upcoming update, which will essentially change the tablet we know and love, it can be a major hit this holiday season.

To ensure that the PlayBook does well this holiday season, RIM needs to do something that historically they have not been good at, and that is market it. Lets face it, RIM’s marketing team is horrible. There is no RIM commercial I can say that I remember. Their “Love what you do” campaign was pretty good, but it was hard to connect those commercials to a BlackBerry.  RIM needs to start spending money on marketing if they want the PlayBook to succeed. Good marketing has helped any and every product out there. Who markets better than Apple? No one, and look how successful the iPhone and iPad have become.

Our friends at BerryReview.com have put up a list of places that have the PlayBook on sale. Check it here: http://www.berryreview.com/2011/11/21/rim-confirms-retailers-offering-blackberry-playbooks-from-199/

I will be doing my part to convince potential buyers to pick  up the PlayBook. It offers more than the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet. Its an incredible device that I have enjoyed thoroughly, and I will try to share my experience with everyone who is willing to listen.

Welcome Will to the BlackBerry Today team!

I would like to take this time, and welcome Will to the team! Wills a great guy with a lot of insight on whats going on in the world of BlackBerry. Now with him on board Im looking forward to taking this site to new heights, and grow even more in the future. If anyone ever has any questions or suggestions, dont hesitate to leave comments, we’re listening. Thanks Will for being up for the challenge, its much appreciated.