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DOSBox & Windows 95 Shoehorned onto the BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 02:29 AM PST

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If you wanted an idea of what the Native SDK on the PlayBook would start allowing in terms of ported resources then here is a good example. Some of the BlackBerry faithful have been having fun porting DOSBox onto the BlackBerry PlayBook. DOSBox is an emulation of DOS that has been popular over the years. It opens the door for some nostalgic MS-DOS programs to run especially after you shoehorn it onto the PlayBook using the regular sideloading method. BBin got a video and some basic instructions here.


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If you want to take things a bit further Shane has some relatively simple instructions on how you cant take this further to get Windows 95 (Without internet) running on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Check out the instructions here though you will need a Bluetooth keyboard to get most of this working.

Let us know how your tinkering goes!

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, November 22, 2011, 5:29 am. | DOSBox & Windows 95 Shoehorned onto the BlackBerry PlayBook | Leave a comment |


Machinarium is now Available for the PlayBook

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 03:41 PM PST

After months of discussion and promise, Machinarium is finally available for the PlayBook.  Machinarium is a puzzle based game where you guide a small robot through many screens of puzzles. Originally released in 2009 for the PC platform.  I know that I have wasted many hours with this game on my computer, and I’m sure a lot of the PlayBook users will love it! You can find it for $4.99 in BlackBerry AppWorld.  If any of you have ever played The Incredible Machine games you will find this all too familiar and addicting.

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Posted by Fubaz for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 6:41 pm. | Machinarium is now Available for the PlayBook | One comment |


Free BeepUs Push to Talk over BBM App Updated to v1.0.2

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 02:58 PM PST

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We told you about BeepUs last week and since then the app has taken off. BeepUs simply allows you to carry on Push to Talk style voice chats over BBM. It uses the new BBM SDK to get it running and makes it a real breeze to chat with friends. From what I gather Tuk pulled their BeepUs app from App World late last week but they have since returned it along with updating it to v1.0.2.

This update brings bug fixes along with other updates like instructions and UI improvements. You can pick up BeepUs free in App World.

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 5:58 pm. | Free BeepUs Push to Talk over BBM App Updated to v1.0.2 | Leave a comment |


RIM Confirms Retailers Offering BlackBerry PlayBooks from $199+

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 02:36 PM PST

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Jonathan pointed out to me that RIM has updated their PlayBook "Where to Buy" page on their US and Canadian sites. The new pages highlight the current discount of BlackBerry PlayBooks starting at $199 and even list the retailers that will be participating in that discount. I just wish they would have given us the list earlier… :) Some of the retailers do not seem to be showing the discount on their site yet but now we know who to look out for.

 BlackBerry PlayBook Models

Here are the retailers in the US which you can find here @BlackBerry.com:

Here are the retailers in Canada which you can find here @BlackBerry.com:

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 5:36 pm. | RIM Confirms Retailers Offering BlackBerry PlayBooks from $199+ | 4 comments |


BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.0.0.32 in Beta Zone – Already Leaked Keycode Free

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 02:13 PM PST

Desktop Software 7.0.0.32

This weekend RIM released BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.0.0.32 for PCs in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The update is just a small version bump from the v7.0.0.20 that was in the Beta Zone before. Just like the previous version this new Beta of Desktop Software has also been leaked and stripped of its keycode requirement thanks to the OSBB team.

You can sign up for the official version in the Beta Zone or pick up the installer and userguide directly from OSBB leaked keycode free version. If you have the bandwidth post up some mirrors in the comments in case it gets yanked down!

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 5:13 pm. | BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.0.0.32 in Beta Zone – Already Leaked Keycode Free | One comment |


Official BlackBerry Bold 9780 OS 6.0.0.706 & Curve 9360 OS 7.0.0.474

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 10:38 AM PST

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We have some new official OS releases today for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and Curve 9360. These are nice updates for each device so it should be worth a download. No word on what is new but let us know if you like the update!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Warning: This OS will not install on any other BlackBerry besides the one mentioned above. Don't forget to delete the vendor.xml file located in c:program files>common files>research in motion>apploader to install it on a different carriers device. If you do not know how to upgrade your BlackBerry OS please start by reading this step by step guide.

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 1:38 pm. | Official BlackBerry Bold 9780 OS 6.0.0.706 & Curve 9360 OS 7.0.0.474 | Leave a comment |


Tech. Review: The Dyson Hot

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 10:00 AM PST

Last year Dyson introduced the Air Multiplier, a super cool high-end bladeless fan. As you might remember, I thought it was awesome, in all sizes. The Dyson Hot sweetens the pot by making the multiplier an all year round temperature control device. I say “control” because unlike the original multipliers, you can set a desired room temperature on the Dyson Hot and it will periodically activate so that the room remains at the set constant temperature (like an air conditioner on money-saver mode). Like the vacuum and the fan, Dyson has taken an old solution–the space heater–and updated both its technology and design to make it more relevant, efficient, and exciting to use. Follow on past the break for the details. 

Quick Recap on how the Dyson Multiplier Technology Works; Breaking it down to the basics

Step 1, bring in the air: In the base of each multiplier is something called mixed-flow impeller. The impeller, to oversimplify things a bit, is a fancy set of fan blades that borrows technology from jet engines. The impeller sucks in air through tiny holes in the base and shoots it upwards.

Step 2, focus the air: The upward gust created by the impeller is focused through the ring at the top of the device into a stronger and smoother ring of air. The ring is also especially shaped to direct the air, the way that an airplane wings shaped to control the way air flows over it.

Step 3, multiply the air: Once a ring of air starts flowing out of the Multiplier, air from behind the device is pulled in and sucked through the empty center of the Multiplier ring–an effect called inducement. Also, the ring of air itself starts to pull air from around it, making the ring thicker as it travels farther from the base–an effect called entrainment. With combination of inducement and entrainment makes it that at a few feet away from the device, the ring of air below a full solid cylinder of air.

Air Multiplier™ technology – how it works

 How the Dyson Hot is better than a typical space heater

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Multiplier Technology: Because the Dyson Hot utilizes Dyson Multiplier technology, the Dyson Hot is better at getting hot air around a room.

  •  Typical fans spread dust around the room because (1) dusty air is simply accelerated forward and (2) dust settles on the fan blades when not in use. Multiplier technology avoids these problems.  The Dyson Hot sucks in air through small holes in the base. The small holes act as a sort of filter for incoming air, blocking dust from entering the process from the beginning. Because the air is accelerated through an unexposed impeller, there is also no possibility of dust building up on exposed parts when it is not in use. With no dust coming in and no dust buildup, the Dyson Hot only circulates clean air around the room. This effect is doubly as important in the Dyson Hot because often space heaters an create a smell of burning dust, a problem the Dyson Hot overcomes partially by avoiding dust in the first place.
  • Air accelerated through a typical fan can feel choppy and artificial. Multiplier technology avoids that feeling by focusing the accelerated air through the ring-structure. By focusing the air, the accelerated gusts become (1) more powerful, reaching further out into the room, and (2) seamless, eliminating any gaps in the airstream and making the gust feel constant and natural. By utilizing Multiplier technology the Dyson Hot is able to push the heated air further out into the room, helping it heat a room faster.
  • Lastly, like the Multipliers, the Dyson Hot can oscillate and be tilted upwards or downwards. By oscillating the device, hot air is distributed more evenly around the room, heating the room uniformly.

Temperature Control: The Dyson Hot has precise temperature controls, a feature offered by very few space heaters. Both the remote and base have temperature controls that help set the desired temperature of the room. An LED number display in the base displays the desired temperature in degrees. When set to the lowest temperature, the Dyson hot merely works as an air multiplier. But when a temperature is set, the Dyson Hot will pump out hot air until it measures that the room has reached the desired temperature (more on that in the next paragraph). Once the room reaches that temperature the Dyson Hot suspends itself. While suspended, the Dyson Hot monitors the temperature of the room. If the temperature cools below the desired set temperature, the Dyson Hot will turn back on to reheat the room. All in all, the Dyson Hot controls the temperature of the room as an air conditioner on temperature control/money saver mode would.

But unlike air conditioners and space heaters with temperature controls, the Dyson Hot has a better pulse on the actual temperature of the room by capitalizing on the inducement effect of multiplier technology. A typical temperature controlled space heater, with or without a fan, takes the temperature of the room by testing the air immediately around it. In application this produces an inaccurate picture of the temperature of the room because the air tested–the air around the heater–has been partially heated by the heater itself. The Dyson Hot gets a better read at the actual temperature of the room by testing the air that is pulled in during inducement. The induced air comes from behind the device and from further out in the room, so the temperature of that air has not been affected by the Dyson Hot itself and is a more accurate measure of the current temperature of the room.

Safety: A big concern in the field of space heaters is the risk of fire. Dyson mitigates those fears by (1) shielding the heating element within the base of the device and (2) by including an automatic shutoff switch that activates when the device tips over. Specifically, typical space heaters leave the heating element exposed to the room. Thus, if something were to come in contact with the heating element (a piece of trash that fell on the floor or an article of clothing that falls near the device) there would be a substantial chance of fire. But by shielding the heating element within the base, the Dyson Hot eliminates the possibility that anything will come in contact with the heating element. Similarly, a concern with space heaters is that if the device tips over, the device may cause enough heat directed at the floor that a fire may start. The Dyson Hot eliminates that fear by incorporating a sensor that detects when the device is not upright and shutting down the device when it tips.

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Everyday Use

I field tested the Dyson Hot at home and at the office.

In the office: Placement of the Dyson Hot is important for two reasons: because the Dyson Hot relies on inducement–pulling air in from behind–it should be placed in an open area; and because the Hot relies on entrainment–the ring of air pulls along air around it–it should be placed a 3-4 feet away from the subject to give the ring enough space to pull along enough surrounding air to make it feel substantial. In my office, what this all meant was that I placed the Dyson Hot at the far corner of my desk.

In my office, the Dyson Hot was a little wonder. The problem in my office (and I suspect this is a problem in many offices) is that the building controls the temperature of the room, so I often find myself freezing in the middle of the summer and boiling hot in the dead of winter.  The Dyson Hot was my little equalizer. I set my desired temperature and the little guy made sure that my space was exactly the way I wanted it. But more than just its function, the Dyson Hot was a nice style addition to my office. While it is unquestionably more stylish than a space heater, the Dyson Hot looked nice on my desk and brought in some curious co-workers.

In the home:  As with the office, the first thing to figure out with the Dyson Hot is placement. The Dyson brochure suggests that you place the Hot in the center of the room. So when testing in a living room that means putting the Hot on something like a coffee table, or in my case on my islands of storage benches. Because the only thing in the center of a bedroom is the bed, finding a place for the Hot is a bit trickier. But in the end, I found that it is fine to just place it on the edge of my widest dresser.

Similar to my office, the heating in my small Manhattan apartment is controlled by the building. So my my apartment has virtually two temperatures, the outside temperature or boiling inferno. But lucky for me, testing this bad boy was easy because it got cold early this year (coincidentally the day after the Dyson Hot was announced) and my building hasn’t yet turned on the heat.

In testing, the Dyson Hot heated the room in a subtle feeling way. Unlike a cooling fan, which cools you off with a strong breeze. The Hot doesn’t try to heat the room by shooting around strong gusts of boiling hot air. Rather, when set at a low and medium power setting, the un-buffeted steady stream of air feels natural and almost goes unnoticed.

In addition to performing its main function–heating up the room–the Dyson Hot made me feel more at ease than a traditional space heater. For one, I didn’t have to worry about leaving it on, forgetting about it and causing a fire. By setting the temperature I knew the Dyson would shut off automatically, and the fail safe mechanism made sure that nothing would happen if it fell over. Secondly, with the Dyson Hot I didn’t have to worry about my cat some how catching fire, burning herself, or knocking it over in a fit of rage.

Price and Premium: With any gadget there has to be a conversation about price. Many people felt that the Dyson Multiplier, while cool and innovative, did not provide enough of a difference in function to warrant such a substantial price premium over a simple fan.  But the same cannot be said about the Dyson Hot. A typical space heater with heat settings and a fan costs $50. The Dyson Hot costs $399.99. But the premium isn’t just for design. Very few space heaters keep a room at a specific set temperature (the only example I found was an electric radiator I saw when on vacation in Europe). But what I think is the real price justifier here is the improved safety features of the Hot. Make no mistake, space heaters can be dangerous. But by hiding the heating element in the base and building in a kill switch when the device tips over, Dyson made the space heater into another safe and useful appliance.

Wrap up: The Dyson Hot is a hot device (get it?). It tackles a simple old problem–space heating–from a fresh perspective. It performs better than its predecessors, avoids typical safety issues, and has a distinct elegant style that is both elegant and functional.  Is it something you should run out and buy? If you need a space heater I think that this is hands down the best option out there. But even if you are simply dealing with fluctuating temperatures that you can’t control (if you ever wear a sweatshirt or jacket indoors), the Dyson Hot can be your great equalizer.

<em> Disclaimer: Dyson provided a demo unit for this review. </em>

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Posted by David for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 1:00 pm. | Tech. Review: The Dyson Hot | 3 comments |


Pixelated Plus Gets an Update to 3.0.1

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 09:04 AM PST

Ebscer just updated their ever so addicting puzzle game Pixelated Plus to v3.0.1, the update adds BBM Integration, as well as support for additional languages.  You can try  Pixelated Free and if you like it, you can pick up Pixelated Plus for 2.99 in AppWorld.

Source: CrackBerry

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Posted by Fubaz for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 12:04 pm. | Pixelated Plus Gets an Update to 3.0.1 | Leave a comment |


Current BlackBerry 7 Devices Don’t Have FM Tuner – Future Devices Will…

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 08:54 AM PST

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I am still trying to make heads and tails out of this new FM Radio API that showed up in the BlackBerry OS 7.1 Beta SDK. We ruminated about it a bit earlier today but now we have a tad bit more info. Eric pointed out to us in the comments that Mark Sahom, a Development Advisor at RIM, answered a key question about it. He was asked by Streak81 on the official support forums if he: "Can you provide a list of the devices that support the FM tuner?  Will current devices support this feature or is it reserved for future devices only?"

Mark responded that:

Current in market devices do not support the FM tuner.  It will be supported in future, yet unannounced device releases.

In other words that means that current BlackBerry devices do not have a built in FM tuner that will be enabled by BlackBerry 7.1 OS updates. It also means that there are some new BlackBerry 7.1 devices lurking behind the scenes. I have only heard faint rumors of any new BlackBerry 7 devices so I am really curious to learn what RIM is cooking up…

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 11:54 am. | Current BlackBerry 7 Devices Don’t Have FM Tuner – Future Devices Will… | 6 comments |


BlackBerry Desktop Software For Mac v2.2.0.17 (B7) Released to Support Latest Devices

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 08:05 AM PST

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If you are using Desktop Manager on your Mac and plan on picking up one of the latest BlackBerry 7 devices you will need this upgrade. Todd let me know that this update adds support for the BlackBerry Curve 9380, BlackBerry Bold 9790, and Porsche Design P'9981. Not much else in there according to the release notes but falls in line with the recent update to the PC software.

You can download the updated BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac v2.2.1 b7 here

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 11:05 am. | BlackBerry Desktop Software For Mac v2.2.0.17 (B7) Released to Support Latest Devices | Leave a comment |


Amazon Wireless Selling BlackBerrys for a Penny With a New Contract

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 07:06 AM PST

 Amazon Wireless Sale

Amazon Wireless has a pretty solid sale going on for new Verizon, Spring, and AT&T phones. The deals include BlackBerrys with many of them being sold for a penny until November 28th 2011. This deal seems to only be for devices with a new contract but I have seen some of the devices still going for $0.01 with additional lines on both family and individual contracts and even for upgrades on individual plans. This deal includes some of the latest devices including the AT&T Torch 9810, Verizon Bold 9930, and more.

Check out the deals at Amazon Wireless

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 10:06 am. | Amazon Wireless Selling BlackBerrys for a Penny With a New Contract | 3 comments |


Kat Drum: RIM’s Head of Global Employment Brand and Social Media Strategies Interviewed

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 06:51 AM PST

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I am really glad that RIM is letting more of their employees talk freely compared to their draconian lack of voice a few years back. The latest example of this was pointed out by one of RIM's Twitter accounts highlighting an interview with Kat Drum (@Katdrum), Head of Global Employment Brand and Social Media Strategies at Research In Motion, with Fistful of Talent. It is a great read and gives you a bit more insight into careers at RIM and what Kat calls "Candidate Confidence." Some of what she says does not jive with what I have heard about RIM a few years back but there have been quite a few changes at RIM as they have grown into a more agile company.

Check out the full interview here and let us know what you think!

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 9:51 am. | Kat Drum: RIM’s Head of Global Employment Brand and Social Media Strategies Interviewed | One comment |


BlackBerry PlayBook Discounts Drawing Crowds – Did You Pick One Up?

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 06:07 AM PST

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We knew that RIM would be shaking things up with the PlayBook bringing some steep discounts in the US and Canada. One of the BlackBerry PlayBook product managers, Michael Clewley took some great pics of lines at his local Future Shop and Best Buy locations in Canada spotted by BBOS. The Vancouver Sun also got some shots spotted by CrackBerry.

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The big question is if you picked up one of these devices starting at $199? Personally I am wondering how the PlayBook would be doing if this was RIM's pricing from the start…

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 9:07 am. | BlackBerry PlayBook Discounts Drawing Crowds – Did You Pick One Up? | 5 comments |


BlackBerry OS 7.1 Docs Show FM Tuner in BlackBerry Devices – No Sign of Wi-Fi Hotspot

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 05:25 AM PST

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When RIM made the new BlackBerry 7.1 SDK and simulators available the first thing I did was scour through the documentation. In the announcement RIM pointed out that there is a new FM Tuner API which totally comes out of left field. I remember Nokia phones way back in the day had FM tuners but this is the first I have seen the feature in a new smartphone. On the other hand RIM has not been specific on if current phones have this FM tuner or if it is only future phones.

The API provides support for the intricacies of FM radio around the world including North America and Japan so it does not look like this is only for emerging markets. Put it on the "Things I was not expecting but will make sure to look into" list for now. Personally I hope RIM makes it also an FM transmitter to transmit tunes wirelessly to your car radio… (I dream!)

On another front a main feature I was looking for in BlackBerry OS 7.1 was an API for Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Sadly I have not seen any mention of it in the API docs but that does not mean it is not included. It just means that developers will probably not have an API to access or modify the functionality.

Check out the API documentation for yourself to see if you spot anything I missed!

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, November 21, 2011, 8:25 am. | BlackBerry OS 7.1 Docs Show FM Tuner in BlackBerry Devices – No Sign of Wi-Fi Hotspot | 7 comments |


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