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BlackBerry World and Jam 2012 Wireless Achievement Award Winners

Posted: 02 May 2012 02:11 PM PDT


Announcing the 2012 Wireless Achievement Award Winners
This year’s Wireless Achievement Award Winners have been announced! Learn about their exceptional mobile solutions:
Attendee Choice Award
The Attendee Choice Award allowed BlackBerry World™ and BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees to vote for one of the three finalists for applications developed by a business for its customers.

Winner: Cines Unidos
Venezuelan movie goers can now buy tickets and get news on upcoming features with the click of a button, thanks to Cines Unidos’s app for BlackBerry® smartphones. As well as buying tickets and obtaining receipts and confirmations, the easy-to-use app, developed in partnership with Mobile Media Networks, gives users a 40-minute show-time warning and the ability to share movie schedules with friends and book dates over BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™). Cines Unidos makes the app—which now has about 1.5 million users—available for download on BlackBerry App World™, and by scanning QR codes in theater lobbies, on posters and popcorn dispensers.

 •    Banesco Banco Universal, C.A. – in partnership with Synergy Global Business C.A.®
 •    OK! Magazine UK – in partnership with Refresh Mobile Ltd. (Mippin)
Business Impact Award
This award recognizes organizations that have deployed a wireless solution that has made a significant impact to their business.

Winner: Nomura International plc
Nomura International plc (Nomura) is a leading financial services group. Mobile users based in the London, UK office represented 14% of the workforce but accounted for two-thirds of the telecommunications spend. Mobile call costs were rising by 18% annually. Also, Nomura needed to comply with the UK’s Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) Policy Statement 10/17, which made call recording mandatory on mobile devices. Nomura implemented BlackBerry® Mobile Voice System (BlackBerry® MVS), to assist with its regulatory compliance. It also helped reduce the call spend among BlackBerry MVS users by nearly 36%. Fifty per cent of all mobile calls at Nomura’s UK office now go out over BlackBerry MVS.

 •    Eversheds LLP – in partnership with Polaris Financial Technology Limited.
Innovation in Private Sector Award
This award recognizes organizations that have deployed new, innovative wireless solutions to drive business productivity.

Winner: Cablevisión S.A. Argentina
Cablevisión S.A. Argentina (Cablevisión) provides cable TV and broadband Internet service for more than 3.5 million customers in Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. In the past, Cablevisión’s 5,000 field technicians had difficulty staying connected with their support teams and had to log their work and inventory of supplies used by hand. Needing a reliable solution, the company deployed BlackBerry smartphones and the Mobile II application, developed by Sensebyte Mobile. The solution allows technicians to confirm work orders, report on service in near real-time and enter inventory updates even if offline. Cablevisión has significantly decreased calls to the support center while improving productivity and service.

 •    IA Clarington Investments, Inc.™
Innovation in Public Sector Award
This award recognizes organizations that have used wireless solutions in innovative ways in healthcare, public safety and government.

Winner: Ministerio de Desarrollo Social
To help meet its mission of providing humanitarian aid and social assistance, Argentina’s Ministerio de Desarrollo Social, or Ministry of Social Development, turned to BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets. The organization equipped 400 of its field operators and personnel in regions across the country with the devices in order to better capture and share information on situations, including natural disasters and health and food -related crises. Replacing the need for projectors, computers, and photo and video cameras, the solution allows the Minister and senior ministry officials to quickly respond to community needs, speeding up decision-making while improving information accuracy.

 •    Gwent Frailty Consortium – in partnership with DevelopIQ Ltd. and LAN2LAN Ltd.

For more information on the Wireless Achievement Awards program, please visit www.blackberryworld.com/waa.

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Posted by rrrebo for ©BerryReview, May 2, 2012, 5:11 pm. | BlackBerry World and Jam 2012 Wireless Achievement Award Winners | Leave a comment |

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Device Rings When You Call It!

Posted: 02 May 2012 01:08 PM PDT

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Apparently the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device is more than just a "mini-PlayBook". It has phone hardware inside. Each Alpha came with an AT&T micro-sim card and a pre-assigned phone number. If you call it, it rings. There's no phone software on the device, so you can't answer the call, but it's good to know this is more than just a blank slate for the UI. Scrid, I'll stop calling your Alpha now. You never answer, anyway.

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Posted by rrrebo for ©BerryReview, May 2, 2012, 4:08 pm. | BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Device Rings When You Call It! | 2 comments |

BlackBerry Beta Zone Updates Facebook to

Posted: 02 May 2012 11:49 AM PDT

Beta Zone has updated its FaceBook program to FaceBook 3.10.7 .  Here is a list of changes and upgrades they have made.

New features of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.1 include:

  • Group Support
  • Liking Comments
  • Child Protection Support

You can get your own copy in BlackBerry Beta Zone.

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Galaxy on Fire 2 HD blazing onto BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted: 02 May 2012 09:57 AM PDT



Game developer Fish Labs showed off a spectacular game, Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, during the BlackBerry 10 Jam keynote as a demonstration of how easy it is to port to PlayBook. It took them less than a day, and, in one case, only 3 lines of code to enable key features. This is an important testament to the ease of developing for the BlackBerry QNX environment that is the foundation of BB10, and RIM's future.




Thanks to Ashley for posting the link to this video:

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Press release:

Fishlabs announces its award-winning sci-fi space shooter Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD for the BlackBerry Playbook

BlackBerry World 2012 / BlackBerry 10 Jam – Orlando, FL – - A leader in open-world mobile sci-fi gaming is coming to the BlackBerry® platform: At the BlackBerry World™ keynote today, Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD was demoed live on stage on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. Fishlabs Entertainment plans to release its high-end flagship title for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World™ at the end of May.

"Thanks to the straight forward developer tools, the solid operating system and the premium quality hardware, it took us only one day to get a first version running on the BlackBerry PlayBook. It also took only three lines of code to implement the full audio features through the audio middleware fmod available on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS," says Michael Schade, CEO of Fishlabs Entertainment. "We are extremely excited to be releasing our flagship title on the PlayBook at end of this month. With the tight integration of BlackBerry App World and its premium user base we would not be surprised that BlackBerry becomes our second most important platform in a very short time."

With elaborate 3D assets for all space crafts, space stations and carefully painted space backgrounds in high definition as well as spectacular post-, explosion- and special effects, Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD will bring an amazing gaming experience to the BlackBerry gaming community as well. Since its debut in October 2011, the complete graphical overhaul of Fishlabs' popular outer space adventure has been a great success on iOS with users all over the world giving it 5-star-ratings as well as writing glowing reviews for the outstanding visual quality and extraordinary gaming experience. The title has also been listed as an ambassador for AAA gaming on the new iPad on IGN, Pocketgamer, Toucharcade and other leading gaming sites.

About Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD:

In Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD, the gamer is able to explore a vast universe with more than 20 star systems, 100 different space stations and over 30 fully mountable space ships, as well as follow an exciting story line with full voice acting and take on an infinite number of diversified freelance missions. The title's epic plot puts the gamer right in the middle of the hard-fought struggle for survival of the galaxy's four major factions, namely the Terrans, Midorians, Nivelians and Vossk. Due to a malfunction of his ship's hyperdrive, Keith T. Maxwell, the hero of the first instalment of the series, is catapulted through space and time. 35 years into the future, he awakens at the far end of the galaxy and quickly realizes that a lot has changed during his absence. An aggressive alien menace known as Voids is lurking on the edge of known space and using sophisticated wormhole technology to raid cargo ships and convoys of all four factions. The unstable peace between the factions is on the line and Keith is the only one who can save the universe from its impending descend into chaos.

Features of Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD:

• All 3D models rebuilt from scratch for console-quality visuals and a crystal-clear gaming experience on the BlackBerry PlayBook

• Assets, such as jump gates and asteroids, feature even more textures and up to four-times the original resolution

• Individual texture sets for all 30 spaceships including diffuse, normal, and specular maps in High Definition

• Enhanced background images and resolution on space environments and planets for a crystal-clear gaming experience on the BlackBerry PlayBook

• Additional OpenGL shaders and post effects as well as heavily revised explosion, engine flare and muzzle flash special effects



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Posted by rrrebo for ©BerryReview, May 2, 2012, 12:57 pm. | Galaxy on Fire 2 HD blazing onto BlackBerry PlayBook | 3 comments |

Thorsten Heins Discusses Constant Drumbeat of Negative Press & Renewed Focus

Posted: 02 May 2012 09:15 AM PDT


I thought this was an interesting question that came out during our press session with RIM's CEO, Thorsten Heins. He was asked by one of the writers in attendance "how frustrating and demoralizing is it for Thorsten and RIM to hear the constant drumbeat of 'RIM is Failing' or 'RIM is being sold off'…?" Here was Thorsten's response: (Paraphrased)

This is a very sensitive question for me but one I am very glad you asked. I have a thick skin and I know what is true and what is a little bit off. What worries me is that I have employees working day and night to get stuff done and they are sacrificing time with friends and family to win. They get asked all these questions from their families and friends about what went wrong and they are subject to a lot of these discussions. What struck me personally was that once the management team provided this renewed focus, accountability, and guidance they brushed their shoulders and the morale in RIM is increasing where employees now know what they are focused on and how that will ensure RIM will succeed. This is another one of the relationships that we have changed at RIM. I (Thorsten) talk to our employees very openly and frank and give direct honest feedback. The teams are also now beginning to see the convergence to the final objective of a solid perfect BlackBerry 10 launch. This is one of the things that keeps me up at night to shield my people from this negative positioning of the company in the wrong spot as we build the future. RIM is very big on on accepting valid criticism and being part of that conversation but in a productive way.

My favorite quote from Thorsten was that RIM is becoming a "lean mean nimble hunting machine." That has meant analyzing how many management layers RIM has and needs, an accountability system, is there one person who is responsible at the end, and empowerment. RIM is a very collaborative company but this did not scale in their explosive growth with teams not individuals being responsible or empowered to do what they need. This lead to fragmentation of responsibilities and slowed RIM down.

Thorsten wants RIM to be so focused they melt steel like a laser (Thorsten is a physicist) since he wants RIM to focus on what will lead to success. They also means he wants a laser focus at RIM for messaging to customers. They are homing in on a CMO but they cannot announce it yet but they are very close to announcing one. They are also announcing a Chief Operating Officer instead of the three different ones that had before Thorsten was CEO.

Goals and Objectives – BlackBerry 7 has reached its level of perfection that for more than 15 years has created growth for RIM. RIM needed something to take RIM forward in the mobile computing space. Building an OS from the bottom up takes years. Continuing with the current BlackBerry 7 OS legacy RIM had was limited and would have been a complete rewrite anyways. RIM looked at open platforms and saw what was happening to companies using them and it did not give RIM any confidence or a way to differentiate themselves. RIM's hard choice was that they have to do it themselves for the next decade. So they chose QNX that specialized in verticals, for example, 65% of cars run QNX and 95% of car makers implement QNX. Dan Dodge in combination with the RIM team started the journey 1.5 years ago to integrate the companies (RIM & QNX) along with others like the astonishing tribe. The Developer alpha is one step further to help bring partners and companies to get familiar with the application platform.

Last but not least what I found reassuring was Thorsten's response to a question of "Where do you think RIM's market share numbers will be in Q4 of 2012 when BlackBerry 10 launches?" Thorsten said that RIM expects to gain market share in the US. RIM is not in the market to be in the game, they want to win. Thorsten calls this question the average temperature of patients in the hospital question where it is all based on each market and you cannot average each patients temprature. A negative situation in the US and positive in Europe, Middle East, and Africa until BlackBerry 10 launches.

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, May 2, 2012, 12:15 pm. | Thorsten Heins Discusses Constant Drumbeat of Negative Press & Renewed Focus | 7 comments |

Thorsten Heins Focused on Making BlackBerry 10 Experience Perfect

Posted: 02 May 2012 08:59 AM PDT


One of the statements that really excited me from RIM's CEO, Thorsten Heins, was that he was committed to BlackBerry 10. Specifically Thorsten said that "quality matters" and that he is laser focused on making sure the BlackBerry 10 experience will be perfect at launch. According to him there is a lot more to come for BlackBerry 10 beyond what we have seen so far. This includes the seamless flow between multiple applications that run in real time in the background. Something other platforms cannot provide. That way when you flow you have everything at your fingertips.

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is definitely not a final device but it gives developers an idea of form factor. RIM is making sure that the experience with full touch builds on RIM's previous experience with PlayBook and even Storm and BlackBerry 7. They want to make sure that typing both on touchscreens and physical keyboards are the best.

I am just hoping this means that RIM is dedicated to make sure BlackBerry 10 is a full experience instead of a half delivered one like the BlackBerry PlayBook. I am loving that RIM is finally focused on delivering a final product instead of a dev one.

Thorsten also shared why he thinks RIM really has something with BlackBerry 10. He said that when the different teams presented him for the first time all the integration points of the building blocks of BlackBerry 10 a few weeks back there was no stuttering, hourglassing, hickups, or anything. This is BlackBerrys future and everything was running in real time.

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, May 2, 2012, 11:59 am. | Thorsten Heins Focused on Making BlackBerry 10 Experience Perfect | 3 comments |

RIM CEO Confirms Physical Keyboards and Localization In BlackBerry 10

Posted: 02 May 2012 08:43 AM PDT


This morning we sat in what was actually a first for RIM, a direct interface session between the gathered press and the CEO. Thorsten Heins gave a short speech reiterating the direction in which BB10 will be taking the company, then accepted questions from the press.

Some highlights from the session:

  • Physical keyboards – "We make the best physical keyboard on the planet, and we don’t want to give that up." Thorsten addressed this in his opening monologue, and again in response to a direct question: "A physical keyboard WILL be an option in the BlackBerry 10 portfolio."
  • Localization – Press members from China and Turkey asked if localization would be available to their regions in BB10. Heins confirmed that it will, and added comments to the effect that the adaptive keyboard in BB10 will actually learn and recognize the language being input by the user. He implied that there would be no need to enter an Options or Settings screen to choose an input language, but that, of course, remains to be seen.
    • RIM has a whole localization team dedicated to making localization work

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Posted by rrrebo for ©BerryReview, May 2, 2012, 11:43 am. | RIM CEO Confirms Physical Keyboards and Localization In BlackBerry 10 | 5 comments |

RIM Jams It Out at BlackBerry 10 Jam Keynote – “The Waiting is the Hardest Part!”

Posted: 02 May 2012 07:16 AM PDT


I was just pleasantly surprised when I sat down to the BlackBerry 10 Jam Super Keynote yesterday. The keynote started with Alec and Chris from RIM along with a few others singing "The Waiting Is the Hardest Part" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I have to wholeheartedly agree with them along with the promise that the next steps involve RIM working hand in hand with developers to Flow (cascades), Connect(BBM, Social, etc), and Extend (beyond the glass). Check out the awesome song lyrics below and imagine them jamming to the song. Kudos to Alec and Chris for recording this one. Awesome way to start a keynote on a heartfelt note!

Hit play on this YouTube video and then scroll through the pics and don't forget you can win an IOU to your own BlackBerry 10 device from ContactMonkey!

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, May 2, 2012, 10:16 am. | RIM Jams It Out at BlackBerry 10 Jam Keynote – “The Waiting is the Hardest Part!” | One comment |

Reminder: Win a BlackBerry 10 IOU From ContactMonkey and BerryReview

Posted: 02 May 2012 06:15 AM PDT

IMG_0031-1024x768If you are drooling over the BlackBerry 10 previews from BlackBerry World, then here is a chance to win an IOU from ContactMokey and BerryReview. The contest is for the final public release version of a BlackBerry 10 device, not a Dev. alpha.  The contest ends May 6 so if you have not signed up for the contest head on over to the contest for instructions on how to enter. The image above is only for show, the final hardware that the winner will look different.  Good luck.

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