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    BlackBerry App of the Week: Facebook for BlackBerry Gets a Little Facelift

    There’s a brand new beta out for Facebook for BlackBerry phones, serving up some version 2.0 goodness. The navigation grid has gotten a slick new overhaul, and there’s a new, easier to use notifications bar to go with a new and improved UI. You can also receive ‘Always On’ Facebook Chat Notifications, a welcome improvement […]

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    BlackBerry Announces PlayBook Pre-Order, Pricing Same as iPad 2 WiFi

    BlackBerry has finally announced pre-order details and and pricing for the PlayBook.  Here is a bit a surprise, there will actually be three different models. There will be a BlackBerry PlayBook  featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage at $499, $599 and $699 respectively. This pricing scheme is actually the same as the iPad 2 […]

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    BlackBerry App of the Week: Travel Easy With the BlackBerry Travel

    If you’re surrounded by a swarm of vicious, constantly biting travel bugs, or you’ve got frequent business abroad, the BlackBerry Travel App promises to make things a little easier on you. It’s an itinerary manager that keeps your trips straight, while allowing you to search for new airfares, hotels and transportation.

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    Hands on with the BlackBerry PlayBook

    Tablets might be a ten a penny at CES, but I was eager to have a look at the BlackBerry PlayBook, a new step in terms of business technology. Merging the functionality of a BlackBerry with a stylish tablet, the 7 inch PlayBook could potentially be a market changer, in terms of business conferences and office functionality. It features a 7 inch multitouch capacitative screen and is 10mm thick.

    The BlackBerry PlayBook was surprisingly comfortable to hold, far lighter than the iPad (it weighs 0.4kg compared to the iPad’s 0.68kg) and felt good in the hand. The gloss finish was attractive and the screen was beautiful to behold. The multitouch was a tad tricky to use, with a little display lag when zooming in and out of the pages- ‘it’s extra sensitive’, the spokesperson claimed, before elaborating that the model we had was still ‘unfinished’.

    We couldn’t look at document editing or spreadsheets as they weren’t yet installed, which was a shame, as that’s going to be one of the big draws for people.

    The PlayBook features two cameras, a frontward facing 3megapixel camera and a 5megapixel rear camera. Connectivity wise, you get an HDMI port, a micro USB port and WiFi. As well as Adobe Flash 10.1. You can play videos in 1080p on the screen, and what we saw looked great, with rich vibrant colours and it was easy to adjust controls such as volume and brightness with a finger swoosh.

    As the PlayBook is designed to cater for the business user, you have full BlackBerry support, from integrated calendars to Blackberry Messaging services. In terms of video conferencing, you’re able to use both cameras, and it has a 1GHz dual core processor for fast speeds, and 1GB RAM.

    There are more functions than just business to this device, as it provides an all round multimedia experience, with music, videos, pictures and games all as standard.

    Out later this year, price TBC.

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    BlackBerry App of the Week: Get Popular With the 90210 App

    The 90210 BlackBerry app isn’t your average TV show app, with just a few weak trivia games and other small bits of fan service. With this app, you’ll be going head-first into the world of fabulous riches and luxurious lifestyles that is West Beverly High. It’s a full mobile game, where you try to scratch […]

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    BlackBerry HS-300 Bluetooth Headset Review

    The BlackBerry HS-300 Bluetooth Headset is a wireless earpiece that takes just 15 minutes to charge. This quick charge will give you up to two hours of talk time, and twice that on a full charge. The headset is small and simple. There’s a dedicated on/off switch, and just one button that’s built into the […]

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    BlackBerry’s 2010 Super Apps Developer Challenge Announces a Winner

    The BlackBerry Partners Fund “Super Apps” Developer Challenge was created in an effort to drive innovation in apps made for BlackBerry. Each year, applications are judged on quality, user experience and how effectively they incorporate “Super App” characteristics. To be “Super App” material, an app needs to really take advantage of the BlackBerry Application Platform’s […]

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    A Look Into the Future of Speech Recognition from AT&T Labs

    If you thought Google’s Voice Actions, their technology which recognizes your speech and pushes it up to the cloud and back down to your device, is cool, then you should be pretty impressed with what the folks over at AT&T labs are working on in the field of speech recognition. Most of these projects are […]

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    BlackBerry Style 9670 Review

    In a market where touchscreen smartphones have more or less taken over, the new BlackBerry Style 9670 for Sprint is quite the breath of fresh air with its flip form-factor and glossy exterior. The Style also sports both an external display for message previews, and a larger internal display that is complimented by a full […]

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    India BlackBerry Ban Gets Pushed Off by 60 Days

    It hasn’t been the greatest summer for BlackBerry when it comes to their global enterprises. First the UAE outlawed the use of BlackBerry’s in their country while citing security concerns. Then India’s government came along and said that its own security services would ban BlackBerry devices in India if they were not able to monitor […]

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    BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

    When the arrival of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 came knocking, I was pretty much psyched to see if this snazzy new BlackBerry with its Palm Pre form factor (albeit much hardier) was going to offer me the best of both worlds. Could I finally enjoy a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard together in a single device? […]