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CAMultimate Camera Utility Only $0.99 to Celebrate Queen Elizabeth

Posted: 24 May 2012 01:50 AM PDT

Cam Ultimate2 Cam Ultimate

I had no idea that it was Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend but Prettyfang let us know that they are celebrating it with a sale. They are offering their very useful CAMultimate camera utility app for only $0.99 instead of the regular $2.99 for two weeks until June 5th. You can read more about their announcement here.

You can find CAMultimate on sale in App World for $0.99

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, May 24, 2012, 4:50 am. | CAMultimate Camera Utility Only $0.99 to Celebrate Queen Elizabeth | Leave a comment |

RIM Partnering to Pilot NFC Ticketing at French Airport

Posted: 23 May 2012 01:27 PM PDT


RIM is really making a point of highlighting the NFC features in their latest BlackBerry 10 devices. JD tipped us off to a press release RIM put out today about a new pilot of contactless mobile services at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France. They are teaming up with Orange and SITA to launch an NFC trial to allow passengers to pass through the airport using only their phones. In this case they are enabling 50 frequent flyers to use their phone as a security pass for a dedicated priority path through the airport including car parking (remembering their lot), departures access, and airport lounge access all without any other credentials.

Check out the details below:


France – Toulouse-Blagnac airport has worked in collaboration with Research In Motion, Orange and SITA to reach new heights in innovative customer service. The airport is launching a Near Field Communication (NFC) trial that enables passengers to pass seamlessly through the airport using just their mobile phones. In a worldwide first for an airport, using a SIM card-based safety protocol, 50 frequent flyers will take part in a trial at Toulouse airport this summer, to test the new service on their BlackBerry® smartphones.

NFC technology allows easy access to a wide range of useful services. Using a wireless short-range connection a simple tap of the mobile device can validate a flight ticket, pay for goods or receive information about, for example, departure gates, flight changes and other relevant information.

Arriving at T-B airport, the passenger’s mobile phone will now act as their security pass for a dedicated, priority path through the airport. Passengers on the trial will be able to access the P1 car park using their smartphone, which will hold details on the parking lot in the memory. Then, without delay, they will be granted access to Departures via the Premium Access Zone. Thereafter, they'll be able to enjoy the comforts of the "La Croix du Sud" private lounge  without needing to
Present additional credentials. En route through the airport, passengers on the trial will receive real-time information related to their flight (schedule, departure hall, boarding gate, etc.).

Using NFC technology offers many advantages: it is extremely secure; it works even when the mobile is powered off; it does not require any specific application to be loaded on to it; it is not affected by reading problems due to a scratched or dirty screen surface. Passengers using NFC can now be handled more promptly and efficiently than with any of the current boarding processes available.

"With NFC technology, the mobile phone simplifies the passenger's journey through the airport, says Jean-Michel Vernhes, CEO of Toulouse-Blagnac airport. It now becomes a personalized tool displaying the right information at the right time. It also enables passengers to better manage their journey, so they can choose how they spend their time at the airport. For T-B airport, the approach is to give to flyers access to leading-edge technologies that enhance and facilitate their experience at the airport in providing new Premium services."

Through this partnership with Research In Motion, Orange and SITA, Toulouse-Blagnac airport looks towards the future, implementing functionalities that will be displayed in the new smartphone application planned for 2013-2014.

David Derrida, Director of Carrier Product Management Research In Motion:

« NFC technology opens up numerous exciting possibilities for BlackBerry smartphone users. We are actively working with partners around the world to advance the development of value-added, NFC-based services and we are very excited to be involved in this trial. This new technology is already available on several BlackBerry smartphones and we expect it to revolutionize the experience of passengers at the Toulouse-Blagnac airport. »

Didier Durand, Director of Contactless Mobile Services:

"We are happy that our collaboration with Toulouse-Blagnac airport enables us to deploy a pragmatic and secure offer, which will soon be available for Orange customers travelling through the airport.
In collaboration with Toulouse airport and an airline, our aim is to offer a complete service that includes the ticket. These contactless mobile services, which are based on the AFSCM and GSMA standards, will simplify peoples’ lives in a number of ways. Orange is working with partners in sectors such as transport, entertainment, banks, shopkeepers and service operators to create an ecosystem that will allow these services to take-off on a large scale."

Renaud Irminger, Director of SITA Lab, SITA:
"SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions, is actively working on the development of new technologies that have the potential to improve the passenger experience, like NFC. In 2011, SITA Lab demonstrated through a demonstration room, that NFC could dramatically improve the passenger experience by, for example, using NFC-enabled phones as a boarding pass to open security, airline lounge and boarding gates automatically, and could also increase the penetration of mobile phone usage for air travel. We are delighted that this technology is now becoming a reality with the world's first trial at Toulouse-Blagnac".

About Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
Toulouse-Blagnac airport is the fourth French regional platform, with 7 million passengers in 2011. The airport consists of four halls, with a total area of 100,000 m² on two floors. In 2012, the airport hosted the regional bases of Air France and easyJet. Program for Summer 2012, the Toulouse-Blagnac airport offers 42 international destinations and 17 domestic destinations regularly. 46 charter destinations are in the catalog. For summer 2012, 35 new routes were opened from Toulouse. Toulouse-Blagnac airport is a qualified Qualicert services for its four halls. The certification by the agency SGS, the world leader in this field, is evidence of a consistent quality of service for passengers, and people looking for a traveler.

About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

About Orange
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with 171,000 employees worldwide, including 105,000 employees in France, and sales of 10.9 billion euros in the first three months of 2012. Present in 33 countries, the Group had a customer base of 225 million customers at 31 March 2012, including 181 million customers under the Orange brand, the Group’s single brand for internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates. At 31 March 2012, the Group had 166 million mobile customers and 15 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.
With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group’s ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development.

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, May 23, 2012, 4:27 pm. | RIM Partnering to Pilot NFC Ticketing at French Airport | 2 comments |

Facebook for BlackBerry v3.1.0.11 Released in Beta Zone

Posted: 23 May 2012 12:43 PM PDT

Beta Zone Facebook

Thomas let us know that RIM has rolled out yet another bug fixing update to Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones in the Beta Zone. This latest update is v3.1.0.11 from the previous v3.1.0.9. RIM was kind enough to offer up a change log for us to review before updating. Check it out below:

  • Delete Prior Messages in Inbox leads to uncaught exception
  • Unable to views comments
  • With Wi-Fi only connection on BIS SN devices user should be able to view photos
  • Likes count incorrect in Likes list if launched from stagnant comment screen
  • Can not cancel selection via the ‘back’ button
  • User photos mixed in FB message view
  • Group name appears in the group wall
  • Group Support : refresh of group wall is missing refresh animation
  • Bad error message when posting on a Group without permission
  • Groups are not translated in Hindi
  • Finnish -Some missed translations on the Groups pages
  • Accessibility: Status updates are not being read
  • WiLAN event is not being processed correctly when radio is low or changed
  • Removal of phone number request feature
  • Update help URLs for Facebook 3.1
  • Parser Error when I create comment with many returns between lines
  • Remove welcome notification and message
  • No ID for all the buttons in Facebook
  • GCM icons are cutoff on low res devices

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 23, 2012, 3:43 pm. | Facebook for BlackBerry v3.1.0.11 Released in Beta Zone | Leave a comment |

BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour Registrations Open for North America & Europe (Selling Out!!!)

Posted: 23 May 2012 10:21 AM PDT


Brian pointed out to me that RIM has opened up registration for their BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour events in North America and Europe. He also pointed out that the Toronto event has already been sold out which just shows the excitement.  Let us know if you registered!

Check out all the details at www.blackberryjamworldtour.com/register

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, May 23, 2012, 1:21 pm. | BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour Registrations Open for North America & Europe (Selling Out!!!) | 5 comments |

RIM Helping Employees Make the Case for BlackBerry 7 Device Upgrades

Posted: 23 May 2012 08:51 AM PDT


RIM has realized that many of the complaints corporate users have with their BlackBerry devices have been vastly improved with BlackBerry 7. The problem is that many corporate IT departments are not updating users devices to BlackBerry 7 devices. Now RIM has created a new website www.upgrademenow.com to help enterprise employees make the case to their managers for an upgrade. Its actually a good idea though I am not sure how well it will work.

Here is the pitch RIM is making to employees:

If your BlackBerry doesn't look like one of these, it's time for an upgrade. Have a conversation with your IT manager today about upgrading your work device to a BlackBerry® 7 smartphone.

Features that will help enhance your productivity at work (and your enjoyment off the clock).

  • The fastest BlackBerry browser to date
  • Apps that help make you more productive and keep you more connected
  • A unified inbox that consolidates all your messages and alerts in one place
  • BlackBerry Tag on NFC devices — an easy way to share contacts and photos
  • HD video recording and playback
  • Easy integration with BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet
  • The BlackBerry platform designed with security at the core

I am curious how many of you are still issued work devices that predate the BlackBerry 7 line. Let us know in the comments!

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, May 23, 2012, 11:51 am. | RIM Helping Employees Make the Case for BlackBerry 7 Device Upgrades | 6 comments |

Upgraded to Dictionary.com v2.0? Downgrade to v1.4 Easily

Posted: 23 May 2012 07:47 AM PDT


We have received quite a few complaints from readers that Dictionary.com has updated their very popular free dictionary app to v2.0. This new "upgrade" turned the really nice BlackBerry smartphone app into nothing more than a homescreen website shortcut. They now even call it the Dictionary.com Web Launcher and it is getting hammered in the reviews on App World.

Rroyy was kind enough to score the previous v1.4 and offered it up for download here at http://rroyy.com/dictionary. The UI does not work well on newer BlackBerry 7 devices but users with older devices will appreciate it.

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, May 23, 2012, 10:47 am. | Upgraded to Dictionary.com v2.0? Downgrade to v1.4 Easily | 3 comments |

Streamline Voice Notes With QuickVoice Recorder One Touch

Posted: 23 May 2012 06:55 AM PDT

Quick Voice Recorder

TrustBe just released a useful little utility called QuickVoice Recorder One Touch Audio Recording. The app streamlines voicenotes with one click. It allows you to start recording immediately when launching the app. You then click once again and it will automatically stop the recording and email it to you (up to 5MB). You can do all of this with the native voice recording app but this app cuts out half of the steps.

Check out QuickVoice Recorder One Touch Audio Recording for $0.99 in App World

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, May 23, 2012, 9:55 am. | Streamline Voice Notes With QuickVoice Recorder One Touch | Leave a comment |

Registration opens up for BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour North America and Europe

Posted: 23 May 2012 06:52 AM PDT

Last week we saw registration open the Italy and Spain stops of the BlackBerry Jam World Tour.  And as of last night, registration has opened for the rest of Europe as well as all North American dates.  All sessions are free, and if you are a developer you have a chance to still get your hands on an BB10 Alpha device.   You can see the tour dates and register directly on the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour site. Drop a comment at the bottom and let us know if you’re going!

Source: MobileSyrup

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Posted by Fubaz for ©BerryReview, May 23, 2012, 9:52 am. | Registration opens up for BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour North America and Europe | 4 comments |

RIM Changes Up App World Categories

Posted: 23 May 2012 05:23 AM PDT

App WOrld Category Changes

RIM sent out an email to developers that they are changing up some of the App World Category structures this week. The new changes modify existing categories and open up new categories for users to find content. They added a new Blogs subcategory along with renaming the News category to News and Magazines. They have also discontinued the Beta category and moved the apps to their relevant categories. Here is the list of the key changes:

  • News:  The News category has been expanded to include magazines.  This category is now called News and Magazines and includes Blogs as a subcategory.
  • Beta:  The Beta category is discontinued.  The apps located the Beta category have been moved to relevant categories.
  • Reference and eBooks & Education:  The Books and Reference category has been divided in to separate categories so that these are now individual categories respectively.  The Reference category includes Education.  This new category is Education & Reference.
  • Shopping:  The Shopping category has been renamed Lifestyle.
  • Maps & Navigation:  The Maps & Navigation category now includes Travel and has been renamedNavigation and Travel.
  • Music Creation (*NEW*):  There is a new subcategory Music Creation available under the Music and Audio category.
  • Children's Categories (*NEW*):  There are two new children's focused categories:
    • New Children's Games category within the Games Channel
    • New Children's Books subcategory within the Books category

If you are a developer you should make the adjustments to your apps category if it better fits. Otherwise you can see that RIM is gearing up for the launch of BlackBerry 10.

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Posted by Ronen Halevy for ©BerryReview, May 23, 2012, 8:23 am. | RIM Changes Up App World Categories | One comment |

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