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BlackBerry Podcasts App v1.5.0.45 Rolling Out?

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 02:07 PM PDT


The free BlackBerry Podcasts app was updated to v1.5.0.28 back in April but hasn’t seen much action since. According to RIM's official forums that is going to change soon with them announcing v1.5.0.45 now available. That seems like a small bump but according to their forums it adds quite a few new features including push delivery of new episodes.

Features of the new version include

  • BlackBerry® push delivery
    When users subscribe to their favorite podcasts, they'll receive notifications whenever new episodes become available. Users can get them delivered to their BlackBerry smartphone automatically.
  • Wireless access to podcasts
    With the BlackBerry Podcasts app, users can easily get their favorite podcasts onto their BlackBerry smartphone using Wi-Fi®.
  • Podcast Catalog
    Users can view their podcast subscriptions along with featured podcasts, top downloads, and specific categories like arts, entertainment, news and many more.
  • Free podcast content
    Users stay entertained with access to free podcast content using the BlackBerry Podcast app

The new version supposedly will be available on BlackBerry 4.6 to 7 OS devices, however, BlackBerry ID, is only available for BlackBerry 7 OS devices.'

Keep an eye out in App World on the Podcasts page for the update

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, August 11, 2011, 5:07 pm. | BlackBerry Podcasts App v1.5.0.45 Rolling Out? | Leave a comment |

Enlarge Your Pants Game for the BlackBerry PlayBook… by Not-so-Stupid

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 01:00 PM PDT

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I am at a loss for words. When John sent me a link to this game I couldn't stop laughing. As the developer, not-so-stupid, explains the objective of the game is to keep the bear bouncing by pulling his underpants (aka trousers aka underwear) faster. Based on where you strategically place your finger on the bears underpants the faster your bear will bounce. There are even SUPER and HELPER bears to help you pull his underpants… The game developer even promises bears with special underpants abilities.

I'm going to stop there and just let you pick up Enlarge Your Pants in App World for $0.99 if you feel the desire to wedgie a poor bear.

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, August 11, 2011, 4:00 pm. | Enlarge Your Pants Game for the BlackBerry PlayBook… by Not-so-Stupid | Leave a comment |

Foursquare Talks About Success of BlackBerry App & BBM Integration

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 10:54 AM PDT


Pete Nofelt from Foursquare made an appearance at the BBM Hackathon with some interesting data to share. BlackBerry is a huge part of Foursquare's success and Pete was backing it up with numbers. Their implementation of the BBM Social Platform has been a HUGE hit and really skyrocketed their user engagement along with bringing a record number of users. Here is some of the data Pete shared:

  • 30% of overall foursquare usage is from BlackBerrys
  • Active usage is much stronger on BlackBerry than any other platform
  • BBM integration took Pete 2 days using RIM's provided plugin code.
  • With BBM Integration BlackBerry is now beating Android and iPhone for new user signups
  • Huge spikes in downloads for Foursquare when each BBM release was put out as you can see in the graph above

Pete had a couple of tips for developers. Mainly don't be spammy and respect a users trust they gave you when installing the app. He said that BBM helped users share data outside Foursquare and lets you share data outside your graph. He also said that developers should change the package name to avoid conflicts if you use RIM's plugin. He mentioned that the RIM provided code degrades gracefully so it wont throw exceptions if a user is using a non BBM6 supported OS or does not have BBM6 and installs your BBM powered app. Last but not least he recommended throwing in extras like a nice bright color scheme and start up screen which users appreciate from Foursquare.

Let us know if you want us to ask Pete anything else!

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, August 11, 2011, 1:54 pm. | Foursquare Talks About Success of BlackBerry App & BBM Integration | Leave a comment |

Nobex Radio v3.0.6 Released with BBM, Twitter, & Facebook Integration

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 10:32 AM PDT


One of our favorite streaming radio apps just got more social. Nobex has updated their hugely popular streaming app with BlackBerry Messenger integration along with connections to the native Twitter and Facebook apps. Now its easier than ever to share what you are listening to with friends.

As a reminder Nobex radio includes the following features and is available in both free and premium versions:

  • Works on ALL BlackBerry Smartphones
  • Over 16,000 stations from more than 100 countries around the world
  • "Sleep Timer" feature allows you to decide for how long you will listen to the radio – anywhere from 15 min to 2 hours.
  • Playlist information for 3,000 stations, including top stations in many countries
  • Purchase songs with a single click
  • Get an email with links to buy the song on your PC

You can read more about Nobex and pick up their BlackBerry app at www.nobexrc.com.

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, August 11, 2011, 1:32 pm. | Nobex Radio v3.0.6 Released with BBM, Twitter, & Facebook Integration | Leave a comment |

Why Social & BBM SDK is So Important to RIM – Wordmole Getting BBM Treatment

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 09:46 AM PDT


At the Hackathon Tyler Lessard and the head of the BBM SDK initiative (didn't catch his name) talked about why BBM is so important and why this BBM Social Platform is exciting for RIM. Tyler bases his reasoning on Ray Kurzweil and his "Law of Accelerating Returns" which boils down to proving exponential instead of linear growth in technology. He talks about how companies are now building on today's technology. That means they are building their apps assuming things that never existed just a few years ago. For example, the big push into the cloud means operating systems are now assuming that the cloud exists and building on top of it. Its the same thing for Social, NFC, connected Gaming, etc.

RIM found that apps that were socially connected were 8 times more sticky than their non connected versions and bring higher levels of engagement. All in all that means they are opening a huge new social graph to developers that is only available for BlackBerry developers. That is why I am really looking forward to RIM's first BBM Hackathon. RIM let us know that they plan on doing many more Hackathons with possible other locations in North America and around the world. They have done some in Asia and Europe in the past but those were mostly a sponsorship of another companies Hackathon. They are counting on these 30 Hackathon contestants to tell them what they are doing right or wrong and provide feedback directly to the managers and developers involved in the BBM SDK and the BlackBerry dev platform in general. Anybody noticing a paradigm shift in how RIM is reaching out to developers?

On a side note the slides RIM was using to show off the BBM SDK and its features all showed off screenshots of Wordmole with the BBM SDK features built in. That includes chat and a few other features. I did not have a chance to check the BlackBerry 7 devices to see if they have this new version. Check the screenshots below to see what I mean:

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, August 11, 2011, 12:46 pm. | Why Social & BBM SDK is So Important to RIM – Wordmole Getting BBM Treatment | Leave a comment |

RIM Talks BlackBerry Messenger Growth Numbers

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 09:01 AM PDT


Every so often RIM shares with us how BlackBerry Messenger is doing. At the BBM Hackathon at NYC Tyler Lessard, VP of BlackBerry Alliances & Developer Relations, share the latest numbers. They are pretty impressive and I think it is the first time RIM has shared how many BBM groups there are.

  • 45 Million active users worldwide
  • Over 5.2 million BBM groups created
  • Growing by over 2 million new users monthly
  • 70% use it daily to communicate with friends
  • Billions of messages sent each day
  • BBM is the largest mobile social network for BlackBerry users

Let us know if there are any other stats you want us to ask them about!

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, August 11, 2011, 12:01 pm. | RIM Talks BlackBerry Messenger Growth Numbers | 5 comments |

Last Week’s BlackBerry 7 Event In Toronto aka #BB7FanNight

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 07:04 AM PDT

#BB7FanNight 3 phones together

I, like Kyle, was at last week’s BlackBerry 7 Sneak Peek event at The Fifth Social Club on Richmond St W. in Toronto at the invitation of those generous folks over at Research In Motion. The event was dubbed #BB7FanNight for those following along on the Twitter stream.

#BB7FanNight front door posterRight when we got to the door of the event – in a small alleyway as all the ‘good clubs’ have their entrances these days – we could already see the awesomeness that was about to unfold before us. The huge poster you see to your left was put up at the edge of the red carpet behind velvet ropes as we walked up a stairway into the club. I was excited just because this was going to be my first chance to really physically feel the devices in person, handle them, and play with them for a bit. I was hopeful that I might even see a device or two which has been in use by a RIM employee and see how it was really functioning “in the wild” – and on this last point I was not to be disappointed.

I went to the event with a couple of friends and saw a whole ton of familiar faces in the lineup from the Toronto community, both BlackBerry addicts and users of other phones alike. Once we all got up the stairs we entered a world where everyone was to be very impressed. The whole club space had been turned into a BlackBerry love fest for these awesome new devices that were freshly announced and are now being released and the mood was electric. It helped, of course, that RIM had sprung for an open bar but you could see they had thought of so many things down to the last detail including ensuring the bar staff were suitably attired – in BlackBerry 7 gear of course!

#BB7FanNight bar staff wearing their BB7 best

With an open bar you’d think it would be easy to get at the actual devices and play with them because most people would be busy boozing but not with this crowd. From the moment I got in there until the moment they closed the event up it was easier to get a drink than it was to get a look at one of these hot new devices. Each of the stations which had a number of the new BlackBerry devices available to be fondled was mobbed pretty much throughout the entire event.

#BB7FanNight fans playing with the new devices

It was even easier to get a picture with Toronto Blue Jays baseball great Joe Carter than it was to push to the front of the stations and play with each BlackBerry. I also had no idea that Joe Carter himself was such a BlackBerry addict.

#BB7FanNight Toronto with Joe Carter

At first I wasn’t sure if his loyalty had more to do with RIM offering him compensation to be a spokesperson for them but three things to me proved his legitimate place on Team BlackBerry:

  1. He was using a Bold 9780 (or maybe it was a 9700, I didn’t want to stare!) and wasn’t already using a sponsored device.
  2. He told us how he got everyone who attended his golf tournament excited about the PlayBooks he had for them and how Charles Barkley (if I recall correctly) was one of the most excited.
  3. Finally, Joe told us how he constantly uses BBM to keep in touch with the entire Carter family.

Unfortunately, I totally forgot to get Joe’s PIN to add him on BBM – maybe next time.

#BB7FanNight Toronto in photobooth with @Shananigans5

There was also a line just to get at the BlackBerry 7 photobooth which had all sorts of little BlackBerry and “7″ paraphernalia but my friend Shannon and I finally got up there to show our BlackBerry devotion and excitement for BlackBerry 7.

Of course, we got a chance to check out the devices before we left. I was so very impressed with the usability and speed of these new phones I knew I needed to get one sooner rather than later. One of the gentleman who was showing off the 9850/9860 had his Sprint activated 9850 on hand and even let me play with it as opposed to one of the display models so I was able to snap this picture of me holding the device in my hand.

#BB7FanNight Sprint Torch 9850 in hand

But for my tastes – and my friend Shannon was completely with me on this – we needed a device that had our beloved BlackBerry keyboard. We took a look at the Torch 9810 and in my opinion the placement of the USB port in the same place as its older brother (the 9800) made me really hesitant to want it. I love my 9800 but always find it a problem to be charging my phone while I try to type – ya, I am that much of an addict. I have spoken with the folks from Research In Motion about this and they told that they had heard this from others before and that unfortunately there was literally nowhere else to put the devices’ charging port based on the arrangement of circuit boards and other things which make up the guts of the phone. Therefore, in my mind, my desires are directed towards the beautifully svelte BlackBerry Bold 9900.

#BB7FanNight Bold with a touch screen aka 9900


It has a touch screen, it has the famed and awesome Bold keyboard, and it runs BlackBerry 7 as smooth as silk. From the moment I played with it and felt how light and sexy it was I knew it was going to most probably be the BlackBerry to replace my beloved Torch 9800.

When we left the event, the 40 people who won tickets on Twitter (there may have been other ways to win tickets to the party but that was the only way that I am aware of) told the RIM representative which device they were interested in receiving and which provider they are with and it is going to be mailed to them after the devices are released. However, RIM clearly didn’t want the invited guests – both the ones invited by RIM and by the winners of the contest – to leave empty handed. Oh no, they hooked each and every one of us up – contest winners included – with a sweet swag bag which included a pair of Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator headphones and a BlackBerry 7 t-shirt just like the ones the bar staff and the RIM representatives were wearing (picture below shows the back of the t-shirt, the front can be seen in the picture at the top of the bar staff). I know I’ll be proud to be wearing my t-shirt around town – and especially to any future BlackBerry events.

#BB7FanNight Swag, Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator headphones & a BlackBerry 7 T-Shirt


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Posted by Dan Levy for ©BerryReview, August 11, 2011, 10:04 am. | Last Week’s BlackBerry 7 Event In Toronto aka #BB7FanNight | Leave a comment |

Gist v1.5.46 Adds BBM SDK Integration

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 05:58 AM PDT


Gist is really on a roll with updates recently. Their acquisition by RIM slowed them down for a bit but now they are pumping out updates. The latest is a small update to v1.5.46 which brings BBM integration to the social address book app.

You can pick up the updated Gist app in App World for free

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, August 11, 2011, 8:58 am. | Gist v1.5.46 Adds BBM SDK Integration | Leave a comment |

Team BerryReview @ The BBM Hackathon in NYC

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 05:34 AM PDT


We told you earlier that BerryReview was sending three contestants to RIM's BBM Hackathon event in NYC this week. They arrived yesterday and now we finally have a picture of all of us together. All of the BBM Hackathon contestants received a prerelease BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Torch 9810 which is really nice. From left to right the picture shows:

All three of them have great ideas for BBM connected apps and RIM has some senior employees there to make sure it happens. I am definitely excited for what is cooking today and tomorrow.

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, August 11, 2011, 8:34 am. | Team BerryReview @ The BBM Hackathon in NYC | One comment |

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