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Rogers & CIBC Launch Mobile NFC Payment System Starting With BlackBerry 7 Devices

Posted: 16 May 2012 02:03 AM PDT


RIM just got a big vote of confidence in their home town with CIBC and Rogers Communication launching their new NFC based payment system starting with BlackBerrys only. The solution will allow Rogers BlackBerry owners with NFC capable devices to pay anywhere that contactless credit card payments are already accepted. They are starting off with NFC BlackBerrys including the Bold 9900, Bold 9790 and Curve 9360 starting later this year and in the future will expand to Android and possible iOS when it supports NFC.

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Some of the key features include:

  • Full access to a client’s existing CIBC credit cards on their smartphone at no extra cost – whether Visa or MasterCard – this gives clients the opportunity to earn loyalty points on purchases as they do today.
  • Multiple layers of security – Paying with your NFC-enabled smartphone will be as secure as using your credit card today. Clients will receive the same fraud protection they do with their contactless credit card, and secure encryption technology will add to the layers of security already in place on credit card purchases. Clients will also have the option to set additional password protection.
  • No "stickers" on your phone – this new payment capability will leverage the secure SIM card inside a mobile device for payments, meaning clients can manage their credit card credentials on a secure platform, and won’t need to worry about stickers attached to their phone.

Check out the full announcement here at the CIBC website. Thanks Frank for sending this one in!

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, May 16, 2012, 5:03 am. | Rogers & CIBC Launch Mobile NFC Payment System Starting With BlackBerry 7 Devices | Leave a comment |

BlackBerry 10 Jam Keynote With Alec Saunders Video Now Available

Posted: 15 May 2012 01:18 PM PDT


When Ben sent this to me I was really hoping it would include Alec Saunders and Chris Smith doing their rendition of "The Waiting is the Hardest Part." Sadly that was not the case but RIM has posted up the video of the 30 minute keynote. They had previously shown sections of it but this is as close as we have to the full video.

If you are a developer and didn't attend BlackBerry 10 Jam I highly recommend watching the whole keynote below:

Desktop Video Link | Mobile Video Link

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, May 15, 2012, 4:18 pm. | BlackBerry 10 Jam Keynote With Alec Saunders Video Now Available | One comment |

RIM Releasing Parental Controls For All OS 5.0+ BlackBerrys Soon

Posted: 15 May 2012 09:00 AM PDT

Parental Controls

RIM slipped in some new parental controls that showed up in their latest OS leaks and now they are taking it further. They have announced that the BlackBerry Curve 9220 & Curve 9320 will be rolling out with the new parental controls built in. What is very interesting is that RIM has confirmed on their blog that:

Parental Controls is an integrated feature that provides parents and guardians simple options to help them protect their children by restricting access to specific functions, features and applications. A free download of Parental Controls will be made available for BlackBerry® 7.0 OS and BlackBerry® 6 OS next month; and for BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 shortly after through the BlackBerry App World™ storefront.

That means OS 5.0+ devices should all be getting parental controls in the next month or two. As far as I have seen so far the parental controls make use of the IT Policy structure RIM already has in place for enterprise customers so it makes sense that RIM would be able to bring it to older OS versions. You can check out the official user guide of Parental Controls for more details.

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, May 15, 2012, 12:00 pm. | RIM Releasing Parental Controls For All OS 5.0+ BlackBerrys Soon | 3 comments |

Facebook for BlackBerry v3.1.0.9 Released in Beta Zone

Posted: 15 May 2012 08:50 AM PDT

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RIM has rolled out another bug fixing update to Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones in the Beta Zone. This latest update is v3.1.0.9 from the previous v3.1.0.7. Thankfully RIM was kind enough to offer up a change log for us to review before updating. Check it out below:

  • Status Cleared notification doesn’t make sense
  • Update help URLs for Facebook 3.1
  • Got a state that could not exit Facebook setup wizard if Facebook opened from other access points
  • No photo on post
  • Facebook does not update while on Wi-Fi. Mobile Wi-Fi does work however.
  • App takes very long time to refresh comments.
  • Clicking "resend" on a status update doesn’t seem to work
  • Focus is lost after scrolling thru a very long post.
  • Likes count incorrect in Likes list if launched from stagnant comment screen
  • Doesn’t work on Wi-Fi only connection
  • Send icon is missing in command screen
  • User is not able to scroll to Facebook title bar to open navigation screen on the new chat conversation screen if cursor is not at the beginning of text box
  • Comments for Notes are limited to 1000 characters while on the web the limit is 8000
  • Event Created By lists incorrect name
  • BBM Text for check in is not localization friendly and might cause issues in other languages
  • Focus order on comment page
  • Focus jumps to the top of the notifications list after marking an unopened notification as opened

You can get the latest update for Facebook in the Beta Zone here. Keep in mind this is mostly bug fixing for the upcoming v3.1 release that includes:

  • Group Support
  • Liking Comments
  • Child Protection Support

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, May 15, 2012, 11:50 am. | Facebook for BlackBerry v3.1.0.9 Released in Beta Zone | One comment |

A Few Things RIM Should Keep in Mind to Make BlackBerry 10 a Success

Posted: 15 May 2012 08:47 AM PDT

There is no doubt that RIM was missing quite a few essential features when it first launched the BlackBerry PlayBook. Now that we have what we been waiting for on the PlayBook native PIM apps, what is next? RIM is busy working on the transition of BlackBerry PlayBook OS to BlackBerry 10 with a BB10 launch in early fall. So far we have seen quite a few impressive features from RIM and leaked slides. This has impressed most of us but the media really isn't giving RIM any room for mistakes. When BlackBerry 10 launches RIM has to deliver a solid experience in both hardware and operating system. Even then am sure that certain media outlets that love to write inflammatory articles will still find areas to criticize.

What that means is that RIM needs to limit their weaknesses at launch and come out swinging to silence critics. They need to deliver a transition that  will make it easier for current BlackBerry 7 and lower users to migrate to BlackBerry 10. In other words feature parity at the very least and no critical missing functionality like desktop contact sync. They also need to make it dead simple for BlackBerry users to move their information and functionality from their current BlackBerry smartphone to BlackBerry 10. That is one reason I love using my BlackBerry, getting something done on it is easy, versus the experience on iPhone, or Android which makes me less social and it feels like a task to get things done.

To deliver this RIM has to bring the features BlackBerry users love on their BlackBerry devices to BlackBerry 10, and new features as well. They must make it easier for developers to integrate their applications by opening API's to devs so that they can create super apps. Now that we have email one of the things I love about the BlackBerry is the ability to easily share and stay connected with social apps such as Twitter, FaceBook. I like how easy it is to share articles, pictures, and other media, and that is what makes BlackBerry different from Android devices.  Sure Androids have those features but is actually a pain trying to stay socially connected and each app lives in its own world (not integrated). I want RIM to bring that same experience from current BlackBerry devices to future devices including the PlayBook. OS 2.0 is a huge step in the right direction now all they need is to make the experience even better, and not lose features in the transition.  The apps on the PlayBook are awesome and their BlackBerry 7 smartphone feature apps like Twitter are very mature. On the other hand I can't really say I have found a really good Twitter app on Android, they look nice and have awesome features but I still find it harder to stay connected with Android devices than I can with a BlackBerry. BlackBerry devices are simply a get things done type of devices, not having to jump through so many steps to get where I want to be.

Here are a two areas that I really hope RIM hits out of the park with BlackBerry 10 at launch.

Integrated PIM not apps: The addition of native PIN apps was great but after a while you start to think this apps are not integrated to the OS and it makes a less than desirable user experience. The native PIM apps should be part of the OS the user should be able instantly load the email app and start typing away, instead you are left with the app hour glass until it loads all the content. This should be something that RIM excels on. Yes the PIM apps are beautiful, and provide the best mobile emailing system, but RIM needs to take it a step further.

We already see signs of this in leaked screenshots of the email and messages app always being open when you swipe to the left. This is a great idea and is actually how I use my BlackBerry all the time. Its a one stop shop for things I need to get done. Now I just want to see more of that just like the current super app integration in BlackBerry 7. In the current BlackBerry OS the some apps are always running, which makes it easier to get to them.


This is a game BlackBerry devices have won since the start, and they do not need to lose. Our buddy Luc, made this even more clear when he noticed that the current browser, and the PlayBook lack the ability to change the fonts on the current OS.

One really, Super Annoying thing with Android and iOS devices is the fact that you cannot silence certain messages unless you either choose to silent all. On BlackBerry I love being able to set individual ringtones for certain people, customize how loud, I want certain messages, and choose to silence certain messages, or calls  and leave others that I do want to hear from on loud mode.

Why do I find this so annoying on other devices? A while back I was on call for work and I had to leave my phone to ring at night I usually get a ton of emails, and other messages at night on BlackBerry I can easily set it to ring just that one call or only phone calls and turn of message notifications. You do not have that luxury on Android without resorting to hacks and third party apps of varied effectiveness. I am really hopeing RIM does not make the mistake of leaving those features BlackBerry users enjoy and probably even take for granted until they use a different device. In all is the little things that we have on BlackBerry that make the experience so much better.

Give us profile options, virtual volume controls, make that transition from current BlackBerry devices pain free. Sure there might be some features that may not make it but this is the main reason BlackBerry is different and I would hate to have a device with a similar experience to Android or iPhone.


Another thing that RIM needs to be careful is fragmentation, right now with current devices that fragmentation does exist but is not as bad as it is for Android developers having so many devices to worry about. Creating apps for so many different devices can become really painful and RIM needs to address this at the beginning. It also gets really annoying for users who find that their device is not supported for key apps.

These are just thoughts that I think RIM needs to consider if they aren't already working on it for BB10. It is hard to say what we can expect because we have not seen the full BlackBerry 10 OS in action so there could be a chance RIM has addressed or plans to address some of this issues. In short RIM needs to bring the current features that make BlackBerry different, and improve on them with the strengths of QNX and their UI design team while making it a clear functional evolution from the current BlackBerry OS.

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Posted by Luis Merlos for ©BerryReview, May 15, 2012, 11:47 am. | A Few Things RIM Should Keep in Mind to Make BlackBerry 10 a Success | 7 comments |

Share your BlackBerry Clipboard with your Desktop or PlayBook with Remote Clipboard

Posted: 15 May 2012 08:02 AM PDT

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Trustbe has released a cool new app called Remote Clipboard that I am still trying to find a use for. It allows you to copy items on your BlackBerry smartphone and then access them from your desktop or any device with a browser. It works by having you register an account and password once you install the app. You can then go to the clip.trustbe.com website from any browser and sign in to access the remote clipboard.

If that sounds like what you need check out Remote Clipboard in App World for $0.99

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, May 15, 2012, 11:02 am. | Share your BlackBerry Clipboard with your Desktop or PlayBook with Remote Clipboard | One comment |

Ways to Force PlayBook Android Player to Quit

Posted: 15 May 2012 06:53 AM PDT

Android Runtime

If you are a regular user of sideloaded Android applications on your PlayBook you may have noticed that the runtime sometimes hangs. This gets really annoying since the only reliable fix seems to be restarting the PlayBook. I am not sure why RIM does not offer users the ability to do this themselves but there is another hack that has been working which is essentially using up as much RAM as possible until the PlayBook memory manager kills off the Android Runtime. At first this involved opening up memory heavy websites, PIM apps, or more but some devs have gotten creative…

John pointed out a new app called Memory Eater in App World ($0.99) which is a native application that just eats all the available memory until the Android emulator is killed by QNX. He also mentioned that there is a free version currently in beta from FileArchiveHaven, the developer of Secure Browser, called Overloaded. The only catch is that Overloaded is not in App World so you need to sideload its bar file from here.

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, May 15, 2012, 9:53 am. | Ways to Force PlayBook Android Player to Quit | 3 comments |

Berryset Celebrates Their 1st Birthday With $4.99 Premium Bundle

Posted: 15 May 2012 05:49 AM PDT

MP3Cutter Xlockpro 

Berryset let us know that they are celebrating their first birthday as BlackBerry developers. To commemorate the occastion they are bundling together their seven premium applications into one bundle for only $4.99 (compared to $16.93). They are offering the deal for 1 month and the deal is only available on their website.

The bundle includes:

  • SuperWallpaperChanger – Rotates millions of wallpapers from your devices memory, SD memory card & our wallpaper Search engine.
  • XWeatherPro – DIY Weather widget for your Homescreen.
  • XAppLock – Password protect specific applications on your BlackBerry® without locking the entire device!
  • CallAssistant – Send Custom SMS and Ignore Call Automatically,Reduce the radiation.
  • Mp3CutterPro – Cut your mp3 into ringtons.
  • Mp3Knife – Quickly fix garbage of MP3 and update the album art.
  • SuperPuzzlePro – More than 100000 Jigsaw Puzzles.

Check it out at Berryset's website here

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, May 15, 2012, 8:49 am. | Berryset Celebrates Their 1st Birthday With $4.99 Premium Bundle | One comment |

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